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NFL kicks off new season

11 September 2012 / All photos: ANP /

The 2012 NFL season, the 93rd regular season of the National Football League, began on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, with the defending Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Kickoff game at MetLife Stadium

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Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders tries to avoid being tackled by the San Diego Chargers during their season opener at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2012 in Oakland, California.

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Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers catches a seventeen yard pass over Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter of the season opener at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2012 in Oakland, California

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Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders drops back to hand off the ball during their game against the San Diego Chargers during their season opener at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2012

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Wide receiver Armon Binns #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals is hit by cornerback Lardarius Webb #21 of the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium

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Wide receiver Armon Binns #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by cornerback Lardarius Webb #21 of the Baltimore Ravens after catching a pass during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium

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A cheerleader of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers performs during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida

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Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against Kevin Rutland #22 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter of their NFL opening day September 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime

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Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws the ball as he is tackled by Ryan Kerrigan #91 of the Washington Redskins during the season opener at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Redskins defeated the Saints 40-32

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Rodger Saffold is carted off the field after sustaining an injury during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions during the season opener at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan

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Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots drops a pass during the season opener against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 8, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Patriots defeated the Titans 34 to 13.

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Cheerleader of the Tennessee Titans smiles for the camera during the season opener against the New England Patriots at LP Field on September 8, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Patriots defeated the Titans 34 to 13

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Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Robert Johnson #32 of the Tennessee Titans during the season opener at LP Field on September 8, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Patriots defeated the Titans 34 to 13

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Running back Shaun Draughn #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams it tripped up by James Laurinaitis #55 of the Detroit Lions during the season opener at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

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A Fan enjoys herself before the start of the San Francisco 49ers NFL season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Jonathan Martin #71 of the Miami Dolphins recovers a fumble against the Houston Texans during the season opener at Reliant Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

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Joe Philbin #80 of the Miami Dolphins and Bradie James #53 of the Houston Texans reach for a loose ball during the season opener at Reliant Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Houston, Texas

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Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans leaps over Chris Clemons #30 of the Miami Dolphins for a touchdown in the second quarter during their season opener at Reliant Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Houston, Texas

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A B-52 does a fly-over during the National Anthem before the Chicago Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field on September 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints fights for a fumble with DeJon Gomes #24 of the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans

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Everson Griffen #97 of the Minnesota Vikings dances along with the cheerleaders in the tunnel before the season opener on September 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Detroit Lions fans show off their Matthew Stafford shirts prior to the start of the season opener against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan

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Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Fireworks go of atop MetLife Stadium prior to the 2012 NFL season opener between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Two fans fight during the season opener of an NFL football game between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2012 in Oakland, California. The Chargers won the game 22-14.