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Posted: Tuesday March 27, 2012 8:43PM ; Updated: Tuesday March 27, 2012 9:10PM

Cowboys, Giants to open NFL season on a Wednesday night

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The Cowboys and Giants will open the 2012 NFL season at Met Life Stadium

The Giants beat the Cowboys 31-14 in the season finale at Met Life Stadium

The Giants last ended one year and opened the next with the same game in 1995

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Tony Romo, Eli Manning
Eli Manning and the Giants beat Tony Romo's Cowboys in both games last season.
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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Cowboys will play in the season opener on Sept. 5 at the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. That game will be on a Wednesday night for the first time; President Obama is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6.

The Cowboys' last game also was at Met Life Stadium, where the Giants beat them 31-14 to win the NFC East. That was the second of six straight victories for New York that culminated in their Super Bowl win over New England.

The telecast of that victory over Dallas averaged 27.6 million viewers, the most ever for a Sunday night game. It was the most-watched regular-season prime-time game in 15 years.

It will be the first time the Giants closed one season and opened the next one in the same venue against the same opponent since 1994-95. Back then, it was also the Cowboys, at Giants Stadium.

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