The Dallas Cowboys are 6-0 against the New York Giants in Week 1: 1965, 1966, 1986, 1995, 2007, and 2012.
1965-66 were special years for Dallas in their rivalry with the Giants. In 1965, Dallas opened Week 1 with a 31-2 slaying of the Giants and then pulverized them 52-7 in 1966′s Week 1. Both contests were in the Cotton Bowl.
The Dallas Cowboys are 19-6 against the New York Giants in the month of September.
In 2006, the New York Giants fell 21-26 to the Indianapolis Colts in Giants Stadium on Sunday Night Football in Week 1. The next season, the Giants fell to the Dallas Cowboys 35-45 also on Sunday Night Football in Week 1.
The Dallas Cowboys’ 57 wins against the New York Giants is third-most wins against an opponent in Cowboys history. Conversely, those 57 losses to an opponent are the third-most in Giants history.
The New York Giants’ .426 winning percentage against the Cowboys is the worst amongst past and present NFC East foes.
The Giants’ longest winning streak against the Cowboys was six games from 1988 to 1990. The average margin was close to 13 points. In the past two recent losses, the average margin was 8.5.
Dallas fell to Houston 24-6 in the pre-season finale. Here is a comparative list of pre-season finale results and subsequent Opening Day results since 2002:
2002 — W-L
2003 — W-W
2004 — L-L
2005 — W-W
2006 — W-L
2007 — L-L
2008 — W-W
2009 — L-W
2010 — W-W
2011 — W-W
2012 — W-L
The Dallas Cowboys are 34-18-1 (.642) on Opening Day while the Giants are 48-33-5 (.558)
Sunday night will be the 17th time the Cowboys have opened the season in prime time. Their record is 10-6. Meanwhile, the Giants are 5-9.
Much is made about the Giants being undefeated thus far in Cowboys Stadium. Among stadiums built since 2000, the longest streak of a divisional opponent consecutively winning since the inaugural win is 5 seasons (Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field). The second longest is 4 seasons (Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium).
The Giants didn’t beat the Eagles for the first six seasons in Giants Stadium starting in 1976. Concurrent with that were steady beatings by Dallas from 1976 to 1979.
NFL home teams are 10-2 in the first game after a new naming rights deal has been reached.
AT&T Stadium has had to wait 5 seasons for its first Opening Day game. Among active NFL venues, this is the second-longest wait. The longest wait goes to Soldier Field. Opened in 1924, Chicago fans had to wait 7 seasons until Opening Day 1930 to see their Bears play Week 1.
The New York Giants have opened at home more times (9) since 2000 than the Cowboys have under Jerry Jones’ ownership in 1989 (7). In fact, the Dallas Cowboys have only ever opened up at home 22 times in their 53 prior seasons.
OPENING DAY FACTS
In Week 1′s following seasons wherein the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs, the Cowboys are 11-10-1.
In Opening Day games at home, the Dallas Cowboys are 15-9-1.
Since 2006, when Sunday Night Football began on NBC, the Giants are 1-3 in Week 1 contests featured on NBC.
The New York Giants have played in Week 1 on all of the NFL’s past and present broadcast partners allowed to carry Week 1 games: FOX, CBS, NBC, ESPN, ABC, and TNT.