Cowboys Will Visit the Giants to Open the 2012 Season

Emmitt Smith 1995
Emmitt Smith rushed for 163 yards and four touchdowns in 1995, the last time Dallas faced the Giants in New Jersey for the opening game.

The big news this week is that the Cowboys will open their 2012 season at Met Life Stadium. The teams will play on a Wednesday night (September 5) because President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak before the Democratic National Convention on Thursday that week.

The 2012 season marks the sixth time that Dallas has faced the Giants in the opening week. Here is a summary of those other five games:

September 19, 1965: at Cowboys 31, Giants 2

Only two opponents in Dallas history have scored a total of two points (obviously from a safety). The first time this happened was in a 31-2 blowout win for Dallas.

September 18, 1966: at Cowboys 52, Giants 7

The Giants did not have better luck in 1966. Dallas has scored 50 or more points in only eight regular season games. Three of those games came in 1966 alone.

September 8, 1986: at Cowboys 31, Giants 28

This game marked Herschel Walker’s debut with Dallas. He scored the game-winner with a 10-yard run late in the fourth quarter of this Monday Night classic.

September 4, 1995: Cowboys 35, at Giants 0

The only other time the Cowboys opened a season by visiting the Giants was in 1995. Emmitt Smith kick-started the season with a 60-yard touchdown run. This was the Cowboys’ first shutout win over the Giants in their long history.

September 9, 2007: Cowboys 45, Giants 35

The Cowboys stormed out of the gate in 2007 by scoring 45 against the Giants at Texas Stadium. Dallas beat the Giants again later in the season en route to a 13-3 record. However, New York beat Dallas in the playoffs and went on to win the Super Bowl.