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Cowboys to play Giants in opener at new stadium

THE Dallas Cowboys will open their new US$1.1 billion stadium against the New York Giants on September 20.

The match was revealed with the release of the 2009 National Football League schedule on Tuesday.

Super Bowl champions Pittsburgh Steelers meet division rivals Baltimore Ravens twice in five weeks late in the season after they faced off in the AFC title game. They play on November 29 and December 27.

The NFC champions Arizona Cardinals, who were edged by the Steelers in the Super Bowl, are scheduled for three nationally television prime-time games: September 27 at home against Indianapolis; October 25 at home vs the Giants; and December 14 at San Francisco.

On October 11, the New England Patriots take on Denver and former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, now the Broncos' coach. New England renews its rivalry with the Indianapolis Colts on November 15.

The NFL had already announced the opening weekend's main games. The Steelers begin their title defense on September 10 against the Tennessee Titans, who had the league's best record in 2008.

The first Monday game features the Patriots - in what they hope is quarterback Tom Brady's return - against the Buffalo Bills, in receiver Terrell Owens' debut. Also that night, the San Diego Chargers visit the Oakland Raiders as the league pays tribute to the American Football League, which would have been 50 years old in 2010. All four of those teams are original AFL franchises.

New England also plays Tampa Bay in London on October 25, with the Buccaneers as the host team.


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