*The Giants lost their season opener to an NFC East foe for the second year in a row. In 2011, they were defeated in Washington, 28-14.
*The Giants were the first defending Super Bowl champion to lose a season opener since the Denver Broncos in 1999, ending a streak of 12 consecutive victories – including the Giants’ defeat of Washington in 2008. Defending champions are now 8-1 since the NFL moved the league’s Kickoff Game to prime time on a weekday in 2004.
*The Giants’ record in season-opening games is 49-34-5. They are 48-36-4 in home openers (2-1 in MetLife) and 17-12 in season-opening home games (1-1 in MetLife).
*Coach Tom Coughlin is 10-7 in season openers, including 4-5 with the Giants.
*The Giants gained 269 yards, their lowest total since they finished with 208 yards at Philadelphia on Nov. 21, 2010.
*Dallas gained 433 yards, the most by a Giants opponent, including playoff games, since the Cowboys had 444 yards in a Giants victory last Dec. 11.
*This was the 100th regular season Giants-Cowboys games. Dallas leads the series, 56-42-2.
*The Giants are 0-5 in season-opening games vs. Dallas, losing also in 1965, 86, 95 and 2007. They went on to win the Super Bowl in two of those seasons (1986 and 2007). The 1995 game was the only other one that was Giants home game.
*The Giants are 7-11 in prime time against the Cowboys.
*This was the first time the Giants closed one season and opened the next one at home against the same opponent since 1994-95, when the Cowboys visited Giants Stadium for back-to-back games – 8½ months apart. Then and now, the Giants won the finale, but lost the opener.
*This was the Giants’ first Wednesday game since Oct. 3, 1934, a 14-12 victory over Pittsburgh. The Giants are now 5-2 in Wednesday games. Before tonight, all the other Wednesday games were played from 1925-34. They are 2-1 in Wednesday season openers, defeating Newark, 32-0, on Sept. 17, 1930 and Pittsburgh, 23-2, on Sept. 20, 1933. The last NFL game played on a Wednesday was on Sept. 22, 1948, when the Los Angeles Rams beat the Detroit Lions, 44-7.
*Bradshaw’s 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the 27th rushing score of his career. That broke a tie with Bill Paschal and left Bradshaw alone in ninth place in that category.
*Veterans other than Rivers and Locklear making their Giants debuts were tight end
*Rookies and first-year players making their NFL debuts included the team’s top three draft choices –
*The Giants’ inactive players were cornerback
*The attendance of 82,287 was a Giants record in MetLife Stadium.
*The Giants honored their four Super Bowl championship teams in a brief pregame ceremony. Phil Simms, Ottis Anderson and Michael Strahan – representing the teams that won Super Bowls XXI, XXV and XLII – carried the Vince Lombardi trophies from those games to the middle of the field, where the trophy from last season’s Super Bowl XLVI was already displayed.