Champion Giants have 5 prime-time games in 2012

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EAST RUTHERFORD (AP) -- The Super Bowl-champion New York Giants will play five primetime games and face seven playoff teams this season.

Three of the primetime games will be played in the first four weeks of the season with two being midweek contests, including the season opener on Sept 5, a Wednesday night meeting the Dallas Cowboys.

The NFL also has the Giants facing the Panthers on a Thursday night in the third week of the season and playing the Philadelphia Eagles 10 days later in a Sunday night contest.

The Giants will face the three NFC teams -- Atlanta, Green Bay and San Francisco -- they defeated in the playoffs. They also will have games with Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Green Bay, New Orleans, and Baltimore.

New York won't have a bye until Nov. 18.