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Giants kickoff scheduled for Sept. 5 (just 190 days away!)

2004: ELI MANNING, QB, San Diego Chargers Drafted

2004: ELI MANNING, QB, San Diego Chargers
Drafted No. 1 by San Diego, then immediately dealt to the Giants, who picked fourth and sent back Phillip Rivers. Manning has had his ups and downs, but has grown into a top 10 quarterback in the NFL. He led the Giants to the Super Bowl XLII upset of the then-undefeated New England Patriots in the 2007 season, then did it again in Super Bowl XLVI against a two-loss Patriots team in the 2011 season.
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The Giants’ shortened offseason just got another day shorter.

The Super Bowl champions will open the defense of their title on Sept. 5, a Wednesday, at MetLife Stadium. The defending champs typically open the season at home on a Thursday, but a Sept. 6 kickoff would conflict with President Barack Obama’s speech that night at the Democratic National Convention.

The game will begin at 8:30 and although the opponent has yet to be announced a frontrunner would appear to be the Packers. That would not only be a rematch of the 2011 Divisional Playoff game from January but a meeting of the last two Super Bowl champions. Another possibility could be the Redskins, which would be particularly appealing to NBC if Peyton Manning winds up as their quarterback.

Besides those two teams and the NFC East rival Cowboys and Eagles, the remaining teams scheduled to visit MetLife Stadium in 2012 -- and therefore potential candidates for this game -- are the Saints, Bucs, Browns and Steelers.

The Giants’ opponent as well as the entire NFL schedule is usually announced in early April.

Four years ago when the Giants opened their defense of the Super Bowl, they did it on a Thursday against the Redskins on a date that also conflicted with the presidential campaign. That was the night John McCain accepted the Republican nomination. To avoid a direct conflict then, the NFL moved the kickoff of the game back but kept the date.
 

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