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New York Giants Open 2012 NFL Season On Sept. 5

The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will be hosting the NFL season-opener at MetLife Stadium, albeit on a different night. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement earlier today.

The NFL will move up the season-opener to Wednesday, Sept. 5 (NBC, 8:30 p.m.) to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's speech on Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. There has not been an opponent named for the Giants yet. NFL Kickoff 2012 will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The date change means that this will mark the first time the season-opener will be played before a Thursday since 2002. The Giants vs. an opponent to be named later will also be the first NFL game on a Wednesday since the Rams and Lions played Sept. 22, 1948 (via

The eight possible opponents are the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.

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