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Giants To Open NFL Season On Sept. 5

Even the NFL steps aside for presidential speeches. The Super Bowl XLVI-champion New York Giants will host the season-opener at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 5 (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET), Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today.

The game will be played on Wednesday to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.

NBC will televise the game at 8:30 p.m.and NFL Kickoff 2012 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

An opponent for the game has yet to be announced. The NFL will release its schedule later in the off-season.

Here is a good bet, though. The Giants have a home game against the 2011 Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers during the 2012 season. Knowing the way the NFL likes to do things, I think you can make a pretty good guess that Giants-Packers will be the season-opening matchup.

Outside the division the Giants will also host New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.