The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in the 2012 season-opening NFL Kickoff game on Wednesday, September 5 (NBC, 8:30 PM ET), the NFL announced today.
NBC will televise the game at 8:30 PM ET and NFL Kickoff 2012 at 7:30 PM ET.
Continuing a tradition that started in 2004, the previous year’s Super Bowl winner hosts the NFL Kickoff game to open the following season.
|DATE||SITE||RESULT (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)||RECAP|
|Sept. 9, 2004||Gillette Stadium||NEW ENGLAND 27, Indianapolis 24||New England quarterback Tom Brady passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat the Colts.|
|Sept. 8, 2005||Gillette Stadium||NEW ENGLAND 30, Oakland 20||New England quarterback Tom Brady leads the offense by throwing for 306 yards and two touchdowns while running back Corey Dillon adds two scores for the defending Super Bowl champions.|
|Sept. 7, 2006||Heinz Field||PITTSBURGH 28, Miami 17||Pittsburgh quarterback Charlie Batch passes for three touchdowns and running back Willie Parker adds 115 yards as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat Miami.|
|Sept. 6, 2007||RCA Dome||INDIANAPOLIS 41, New Orleans 10||The Super Bowl champion Colts rack up 452 yards of offense as quarterback Peyton Manning passes for 288 yards and three TDs.|
|Sept. 4, 2008||Giants Stadium||NY GIANTS 16, Washington 7||Quarterback Eli Manning scores a touchdown and the Giants’ defense allows just 209 total yards as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat division-rival Washington.|
|Sept. 10, 2009||Heinz Field||PITTSBURGH 13, Tennessee 10 (OT)||Pittsburgh’s Jeff Reed kicks a 33-yard game-winning field goal in overtime as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat Tennessee.|
|Sept. 9, 2010||Louisiana Superdome||NEW ORLEANS 14, Minnesota 9||New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees throws for 237 yards and a touchdown to lead the Saints past the Vikings in a rematch of the 2009 NFC Championship Game.|
|Sept. 8, 2011||Lambeau Field||GREEN BAY 42, New Orleans 34||Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns and the Packers’ defense makes a goal-line stand on the game’s final play as the defending Super Bowl champions defeat the Saints.|
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