The Super Bowl champion Giants will kick off the 2012 NFL season at home against the Cowboys, the league said on Tuesday.
The Giants, who beat NFC East rival Dallas 31-14 in their last regular season game to win the division and qualify for the playoffs, will host the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on September 5th.
It will mark the ninth consecutive season that the league’s defending champion hosts the NFL Kickoff game, with the home team winning each of the previous meetings.
Unlike previous years when the NFL opened its season on a Thursday, the Giants-Cowboys game is being played on a Wednesday to avoid a conflict with U.S. President Barack Obama’s Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.
The Giants finished the 2011 regular season with a 9-7 record before sweeping four postseason games to win their second championship in five seasons.
Dallas, who would have advanced to the playoffs with a victory over the Giants in the season finale, finished 8-8.