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With their 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last September 5, the New York Giants became the first defending Super Bowl champs to lose the first game of the next season after their title since 1999. The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl after the 1998 regular season and then lost their first game at the start of the ’99 campaign.
The Giants, however, weren’t the only previous Super Bowl champ to lose on the first week of the 2012 season. In fact, for the first time in NFL history, the last four Super Bowl champs all lost their opening game of the 2012 season. In addition to the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, the Packers, 2010 season champs, lost to the San Francisco 49ers on Week 1 of the 2012 season; the Saints, 2009 season champs, lost to the Redskins; and Pittsburgh, 2008 season champs, were defeated by the Denver Broncos.