The NFL today announced that the Giants' – and the league's – 2012 regular season opening game will be played on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in MetLife Stadium.
The Giants defeated New England in Super Bowl XLVI and the defending champions have hosted the season-opening game on a Thursday night since 2004. But the Giants will host the opener on Wednesday to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.
The Giants' opponent in the game is expected to be announced at the NFL meetings in March. The potential opponents include Green Bay (which would match the two most recent Super Bowl champions), New Orleans (which has played in the league's opening game each of the last two years), Pittsburgh (a six-time Super Bowl champion) and NFC opponents Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington.
NBC will televise the game, with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
The Giants are 49-33-5 in season openers and 17-11 in season-opening home games. They are 12-6-3 on Thursday. In their most recent Thursday night opener, they defeated Washington, 16-7, on Sept. 4, 2008. That game began at 7 p.m. to accommodate the final night of the Republican National Convention. This year, the NFL has chosen to move up kickoff a full day instead of 90 minutes.