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The Giants Will Host the Cowboys to Kick Off the NFL Season

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)   Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants in action against the Dallas Cowboys on January 1, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-14.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

We already knew the Giants, as defending Super Bowl champions, would host the opening game of the 2012 season. And we also already knew that said game would take place on a Wednesday, so as not to conflict with Barack Obama's September 6 speech at the Democratic National Convention. But now we know the Giants' opponent, as well: They'll open the season against the rival Cowboys on September 5 at 8:30 p.m. You'll recall that the Giants beat the Cowboys twice in the final four weeks of the regular season last year, and their Week 17 matchup was the most-watched Sunday Night Football game ever. Not that team president John Mara much cares who the opponent will be come September 5. "Who cares who you are playing?” said Mara, well aware of how the host for the league's opening game is chosen. "Hosting the game is all that’s important. Fans will be jacked up for it." The Giants, by the way, are 5-1 all-time on Wednesdays, though they haven't played a Wednesday game since beating Pittsburgh, 14-12, on October 3, 1934.

Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images