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NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl-champion New York Giants will play five prime-time games and face seven playoff teams during the 2012 season.

Three of the prime-time 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.

On the other hand, it appears Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets will have things a little easier. They are scheduled for four prime-time television appearances this season, including a Thanksgiving night matchup at home against the New England Patriots.

The Jets will play two Monday night games — at home against Houston on Oct. 8 and at Tennessee on Dec. 17 — and a Sunday night game against San Diego at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 23. The schedule, announced by the NFL on Tuesday night, marks the third straight season the Jets have had at least four prime-time games.

Tebow, recently acquired from Denver, will play in his first regular-season home game for the Jets in Week 1 against Buffalo on Sept. 9. He’ll also return to his hometown of Jacksonville when the Jets play there on Dec. 9.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)