If things weren't already interesting in the longstanding bitter rivalry between the Cowboys and Giants, over the $10 million cap hit imposed on Dallas by the league and spearheaded by New York owner John Mara, another caveat was added on Tuesday.
The NFL announced that the defending Super Bowl champion Giants will host the Cowboys in the 2012 season-opening kickoff game Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. It will be televised by NBC.
The Cowboys played the Giants in the 2011 season finale with the winner winning the NFC East title and making the playoffs and the loser going home. The Giants won, securing a season sweep of the Cowboys, launching their run to a second Super Bowl title since 2007.
Ironically, the last time the two teams opened the season against each other was in 2007 when the Cowboys hosted the Giants.
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The last time the Cowboys opened the season at New York against the Giants was in 1995.
This is the first time the Cowboys have ever played in a season kickoff game since they were instituted in 2004, with the previous year's Super Bowl winner hosting an opponent.
The game is usually held on Thursday prior to the traditional Sunday season openers. It was moved to Wednesday to accommodate President Obama accepting the nomination to run for re-election at the Democratic National Convention.
-- Clarence Hill