The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, Sept. 5 to open the 2012 NFL season.
League officials made the announcement on Tuesday at the NFL's annual meeting.
It's the ninth-straight year a Super Bowl winner will open the game at home. The Giants will attempt to keep defending champions undefeated in the opener. Previous winners are 8-0.
This is only the second divisional matchup in the 10-year history of the game. The only other time it happened: 2008, when the Giants hosted the Washington Redskins after defeating the New England Patriots in the previous Super Bowl.