Five prime time games, including three of their first four contests, two of them midweek affairs, highlight the Giants’ 2012 regular season schedule, which was released by the NFL today.
The defending champion Giants will face each of the three NFC teams –
“As always, we face a very challenging schedule,” Coach Tom Coughlin said. “To get where we want to go you have to play the best teams in football and we certainly are playing the best teams.”
The Giants will play games on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
“We will have a week-in and week-out challenge, not only in who we play, but with the different elements of our schedule,” Coughlin said. “We play on four different days and we have five night games. Our first three games are Wednesday-Sunday-Thursday. We play two road night games early, come home for a week and then go to
The Giants will begin Coughlin’s ninth season as head coach on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the previously announced game against the Cowboys in MetLife Stadium. On Sept. 16, the Giants will again be home for a 1 p.m. Week 2 clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Every NFL team must play at least one Thursday game in 2012 and the Giants’ Wednesday opener does not count as their Thursday game. So on Thursday, Sept. 20, they will play their second night game – and first road game - at Carolina at 8:20 p.m. Ten days later, they will be at Philadelphia for another prime time appearance, also at 8:20.
The Giants will return home on Sunday, Oct. 7, to face the Cleveland Browns in a 1 p.m. start. On Oct. 14, they will be in
The Washington Redskins will visit MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. A week later, the Giants will face the Cowboys in
November begins with two games against the AFC North. The Giants will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4:15 p.m. One week later, they will travel to
The Giants will have a bye on Sunday, Nov. 18.
“I like the bye where it is, because it’s closer to the middle of the season,” Coughlin said.
They will return to action with another night game, against the Green Bay Packers, on Nov. 25 at 8:20 in a rematch of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game won by the Giants, 37-20.
The Giants will make their fifth prime time appearance – and only one on Monday night – when they visit the Redskins on Dec. 3 at 8:30 p.m.
That will set up a challenging final quarter of the season that includes games at home against New Orleans on Dec. 9 (scheduled for 4:15) and on the road vs. Atlanta on Dec. 16 and Baltimore on Dec. 23 and the regular season finale at home vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 30.
Some highlights from the Giants’ 2012 schedule:
*The Giants will play seven games against 2011 playoff teams – one each against
*The Giants will open and close their season at home for the first time since 2003, the year prior to Coughlin’s arrival.
*They will begin and end the season with division home games for the first time since 1994.
*The Giants will open a season against an NFC East opponent for the fifth time in six years. It’s their first opener against
*The Giants will face
*The Giants are 16-21-1 on Sunday night (7-11 at home, 9-10-1 on the road), 22-31-1 on Monday (7-8 at home, 15-23-1 on the road), 12-6-3 on Thursday and 5-1 on Wednesday.
*The Giants are 7-10 in prime time against the Cowboys, their season-opening opponent.
*This will be the ninth consecutive season the defending champion will host the NFL Kickoff game. The previous eight games were played on Thursday night of Kickoff Weekend. The home team won each of those eight games, including
*The 2012 season will be the second in a row in which the Giants will begin the year against the same team they played in the previous regular season finale. Last year, they opened in
*This will be the first time the Giants closed one season at and opened the next one in the same venue against the same opponent since 1994-95, when the Cowboys visited Giants Stadium for back-to-back games – 8½ months apart.
*The Giants are 49-33-5 in season openers and 17-11 in season-opening home games.
*The Sept. 20 meeting with the Panthers in
*The opener against
*The Giants’ 4:15 kickoff against the Cowboys on Oct. 28 will be their first afternoon game in
*The Giants play consecutive home games just once – the first two games of the season – and twice play back-to-back road games: at
*The Giants’ preseason schedule has been finalized. They will open their four-game schedule at
The Giants will host the Chicago Bears on Friday, Aug. 24 in a game that will begin at 8 p.m. and be televised nationally by CBS. They will host
*The kickoff times for five of the Giants’ final six regular season games – including the night game vs.
The NFL will utilize flexible scheduling in Weeks 11-17.
In the weeks flexible scheduling is in place, the NFL schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday night on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game will be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.
A flexible scheduling move will be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the change may be announced six days before the game. Flexible scheduling was designed to ensure quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and give “surprise” teams a chance to play their way onto primetime.
The five Giants games that could have their kickoff times changed are vs.
The kickoff for the game at
|Sept. 5 (Wed)||Dallas Cowboys||8:30 PM||NBC|
|Sept. 16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Sept. 20 (Thurs)||@ Carolina Panthers||8:20 PM||NFLN|
|Sept. 30||@ Philadelphia Eagles||8:20 PM||NBC|
|Oct. 7||Cleveland Browns||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Oct. 14||@ San Francisco 49ers||4:15 PM||FOX|
|Oct. 21||Washington Redskins||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Oct. 28||@ Dallas Cowboys||4:15 PM||FOX|
|Nov. 4||Pittsburgh Steelers||4:15 PM||CBS|
|Nov. 11||@ Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Nov. 25||Green Bay Packers||8:20 PM*||NBC|
|Dec. 3 (Mon)||@ Washington Redskins||8:30 PM||ESPN|
|Dec. 9||New Orleans||4:15 PM*||FOX|
|Dec. 16||@ Atlanta Falcons||1:00 PM*||FOX|
|Dec. 23||@ Baltimore Ravens||1:00 PM*||FOX|
|Dec. 30||Philadelphia Eagles||1:00 PM*||FOX|
*Times subject to change --All times are EASTERN--
For more exclusive coverage, follow the Giants on Twitter and LIKE the Giants on Facebook!