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WEEK 1: GIANTS AT WASHINGTON REDKSINS Sunday Sept.

WEEK 1: GIANTS AT WASHINGTON REDKSINS
Sunday Sept. 11, 4:15 p.m., Fox
The G-Men begin the season at FedEx Field on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 against the team from the nation’s capital. Last season, the Giants swept the series and have won seven straight games against the ‘Skins. The last time they lost to the Redskins in Washington was Dec. 24, 2005. The Giants will see former teammate Barry Cofield, who signed a six-year deal with Washington.
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The Giants will open their 2011 season in the exact same place their 2010 season ended: FedEx Field against the Redskins.

That’s actually quite rare in Giants history. It will be only the fourth time in their history that the Giants have played a team in the last game of one season and started the following season against the same team in the same location.

The last time it happened was when the Giants beat the Cowboys at home, 15-10, on Dec. 24, 1994, and then lost to the Cowboys at home in the opener, 35-0, on Sept. 4, 1995.

Before that you have to go all the way back to when the Giants lost the finale in Philadelphia, 20-3, on Dec. 17, 1978. They lost to the Eagles in Philly again, 23-17, on Sept. 2, 1979.

Philadelphia was also the site of the first and only other time the Giants played such a scheduling quirk. They lost to the Eagles, 29-14, on Dec. 12, 1954 and then lost to the Eagles in Philadelphia, 27-17, on Sept. 24, 1955.

The Giants beat the Redskins in Washington last season, 17-14. So this Sunday could be the first time they ever play the same opponent in the same location on abutting seasons and come away with two wins.
 

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