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Defending Super Bowl champs N.Y. Giants will start 2012 season on a Wednesday

giantshel042611_optIt’s always Super Bowl Sunday. Next season, however, it will be Opening Night Wednesday — at least for the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

The NFL announced on Feb. 28 that the Giants would begin the 2012 campaign at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 8:30 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.

The game was supposed to be played the following night, but the league made the change because President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention on the night of Sept. 6, according to Giants.com.

The game will be televised by NBC.

It will mark the first time an NFL game will be played on a Wednesday since Sept. 22, 1948, according to the New York Daily News. That was also the season opener, and the Rams defeated the Lions 44-7.

While the NFL plans to announce at its league meetings in March which team the Giants will play, the possible foes are Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, New Orleans or Green Bay.

The Daily News reported that the league usually announces its schedule in mid-April.

The Giants’ 2008 opener against Washington was moved up 90 minutes to accommodate the final night of the Republican National Convention.

Big Blue is 49-33-5 in season openers, and 17-11 when they play the NFL’s first game.

--JOE GREENE, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM


 

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