Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

2016 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2016 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats.  Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats.  Sort the stats by season or by week.

NFL Extra-Point Tries No Longer Automatic

Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers walks to the bench after missing an extra point in the second half of a game against the Tennessee Titans. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers walks to the bench after missing an extra point in the second half of a game against the Tennessee Titans. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

NFL kickers missed 71 extra-point kick tries during the 2015 season — 63 more than they missed in the entire 2014 regular season.

Last offseason, the league adopted a Competition Committee proposal to move the spot from where the ball is snapped on PAT kick tries back to the 15-yard line, making what was a 20-yard kick a more challenging 33-yard kick.

Before 2015, NFL kickers converted more than 99 percent of PAT tries. The new extra-point rule has helped make extra points less automatic.

Before 2015, NFL kickers converted more than 99 percent of PAT tries. The new extra-point rule has helped make extra points less automatic.

“The decision didn’t happen overnight,” said Senior Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino. “The Committee has been looking at this for several seasons.”

As kickers have become more accurate, the extra point became almost automatic; in 2014, NFL kickers converted 99.3 percent of extra-point kick tries. Kicking from the longer distance in 2015 resulted in more misses, with placekickers connecting on only 94.2 percent of extra-point kick tries (1,146/1,217).

The Committee reviewed data and discussed various ways to make the play less automatic and more exciting. Longer kicks were tested during the Hall of Fame Game and the first two weeks of the 2014 preseason.

The proposal the Committee presented to the owners this offseason not only moved the kick back, but also kept the 2-point tries at the 2-yard line and allowed defenses to return missed tries. The rule change passed by a 30-2 margin and was implemented before the 2015 season.

“The change has had the desired effect,” said Blandino. “The play is not automatic anymore.”

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