'NFL Kickoff 2012 presented by Bud Light' to celebrate Giants

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Mariah Carey and No Doubt to perform live

NBC/NFL Network special on Sept. 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET precedes NFL Kickoff game: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants

It's time to get Back To Football as the NFL begins its 93rd season with a rocking celebration in its special pregame show, "NFL Kickoff 2012 presented by Bud Light" -- 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Multi-platinum global stars no Doubt and Mariah Carey are scheduled to perform in the 10th anniversary of NFL Kickoff.

Simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Rockefeller Center in New York City will air from 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET on NBC and NFL Network. The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.

The musical performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2012 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The Rockefeller Center show is the third Kickoff set at an iconic New York City landmark, following shows live from Times Square (2002) and Columbus Circle (2008). This is the 10th anniversary of NFL Kickoff continuing the tradition of saluting the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium in primetime.

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The show leads into the season opener between the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (NBC,, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 p.m. ET).

The NBC show will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning artists Mariah Carey and No Doubt from a specially-constructed stage in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, above the iconic statue of Prometheus facing toward Fifth Avenue. Mariah Carey, who leads all solo artists with an unprecedented 18 No. 1 Hot 100 singles, recently released her new single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)." No Doubt's new album 'Push And Shove" will be released September 25 and their chart-topping single "Settle Down' is out now. More information on how fans can watch the free concert will be announced shortly.

As part of the show, 32 fans, one per team, will unveil their team's 2012 season flag as winners of the inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge. The contest asked fans to submit designs with elements representative of their team's city, community, traditions, or its fans. The winner's inspirational concept was then used to create the team's flag. The 32 fans will be joined by 32 NFL legends to unveil their team's flag.

In addition to the concert and game, the festivities to kick off Week One of the NFL season include the first-ever NFL Back to Football Run in Central Park, NFL Back to Football Photo Day, NFL PLAY 60 Youth Football Festival at Chelsea Waterside Park and Kickoff Village in Times Square. More information about 2012 Kickoff Week activities may be found here.

NFL Kickoff 2012 will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows and directed by Gregg Gelfand.

In addition to presenting sponsor Bud Light, top tier sponsors for the NFL's Kickoff platform include Bridgestone, GMC, Lenovo, Pepsi, Snickers, Verizon and Visa and associate sponsors include Quaker and Papa John's.

Media may visit to apply for credentials to cover "NFL Kickoff 2012." The credential deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 28.

History of NFL opening kickoff events
Sept. 5, 2002 Times Square, New York CBS, MTV, VH1 and ESPN Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Eve, Cast of Broadway musical Rent with Joey Fatone of NSYNC San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants (ESPN)
Sept. 4, 2003 The National Mall, Washington, D.C. ABC Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Good Charlotte New York Jets at Washington Redskins (ESPN)
Sept. 9, 2004 Gillette Stadium, New England/Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville ABC Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Destiny's Child, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz (New England); Jessica Simpson (Jacksonville) Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots (ABC)
Sept. 8, 2005 Gillette Stadium, New England/Los Angeles Coliseum, L.A./Detroit ABC Green Day, Santana, Michelle Branch, Ozzy Osbourne, Trisha Yearwood (New England); Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Rihanna (Los Angeles); Rolling Stones (taped from Detroit) Oakland Raiders at New England Patriots (ABC)
Sept. 7, 2006 Heinz Field, Pittsburgh/Miami NBC Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride (Anthem) (Pittsburgh); Diddy, Cassie, Yung Joc, Tego Calderon (Miami) Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC)
Sept. 6, 2007 Monument Circle/RCA Dome, Indianapolis NBC, NFL Network John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder, Keyshia Cole and Voices of Unity Youth Choir (Anthem) New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)
Sept. 4, 2008 Columbus Circle, New York City/Giants Stadium, New Jersey NFL Network, NBC Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Usher Washington Redskins at New York Giants (NBC)
Sept. 10, 2009 Point State Park/Heinz Field, Pittsburgh NFL Network, NBC Tim McGraw, The Black Eyed Peas, Harry Connick Jr. (Anthem) Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC)
Sept. 9, 2010 Jackson Square (parade and concert)/Superdome, New Orleans NFL Network, NBC Dave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift, Harry Connick Jr., Colbie Caillat (Anthem) Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (NBC)
Sept. 8, 2011 Lambeau Field, Green Bay NFL Network, NBC Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5 New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers (NBC)
Sept. 5, 2012 Rockefeller Center, New York/MetLife Stadium, New Jersey NFL Network, NBC Mariah Carey, No Doubt Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (NBC)


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