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Primetime matchups on Giants schedule


Let's take a look at some of the most memorable 'Monday Night Football' games in team history.

Week 1: Sept. 8 (Mon) @ Detroit 7:10 PM**


The Giants will open their 2014 season in primetime at the site of their most exciting win from last season. Traveling to Ford Field last December for a Week 16 matchup, Big Blue came away with a thrilling 23-20 overtime victory over the Lions thanks to a 43-yard field goal by Josh Brown midway through the extra period. In that game, the Giants also eliminated the Lions from postseason contention as Detroit finished with a 7-9 record, the same as the Giants.

Week 4: Sept. 25 (Thurs) @ Washington 8:25 PM

The Giants hit the road for their third straight Thursday night game away from MetLife Stadium to take on the rival Redskins. After sweeping the Redskins last season, Big Blue has found recent success at FedEx Field, winning six of its last eight games there. 

Week 6: Oct. 12 @ Philadelphia 8:30 PM

There's never any love lost when these two teams meet, and that is especially true under the lights. Smack in the middle of three straight road games against NFC East foes for the Giants, the matchup against the reigning division champ could be key for Big Blue in setting the tone to get back to the postseason. 

Week 9: Nov. 3 (Mon) vs. INDIANAPOLIS 8:30 PM

This will be the time to dig out the old No. 44 and No. 88 highlights as former Giants draft picks Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks return to their old home. In six seasons, Bradshaw rushed for more than 4,000 yards and won two Super Bowls with the Giants, while Nicks was instrumental in the team's Super Bowl XLVI run. Bradshaw joined the Colts in 2013 while Nicks signed with them last month as a free agent.

Week 12: Nov. 23 vs. DALLAS 8:30 PM*

Based on last season and the way the teams are trending, this Dallas meeting will be the last of a challenging four-game stretch in November. Coming off their bye in Week 8, the Giants host Indianapolis, travel to Seattle, and then return home for San Francisco and Dallas. By then, teams will know what they have as they begin the final playoff push. And if we've learned anything about Giants vs. Cowboys in primetime, it's that neither team is ever out of it until the final whistle.

*Times subject to change (All times are EASTERN)

In addition to the already scheduled primetime affairs, for the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being "cross-flexed," moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

"Flexible scheduling" will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would 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 would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 28. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives "surprise" teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

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