The Super Bowl champions will open the 2012 season at home against an NFC East rival, the NFL announced on Tuesday.
The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to kick off the 2012 NFL season on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at MetLife Stadium. The NFL adopted a tradition in 2004 that the defending Super Bowl champion hosts the NFL season opener in the following season, and since that time the defending champions are 8-0 in the game.
Though the odds will be on their side during opening night, the Giants will be looking to accomplish a feat this season that hasn't been completed since 2005. No NFL team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since the New England Patriots ousted the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 6, 2005 for their second straight crown.