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. 

Behind the Stripes: Timeline

Starting the next week’s work when this week’s final whistle blows.

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

NFL SVP of Officiating Dean Blandino 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 teams went for two a record 94 times in 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger signals that they are going for the 2-point conversion during a game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Steelers led the NFL in 2-point conversion attempts in 2015. (Greg Trott via AP)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger signals that they are going for the 2-point conversion during a game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Steelers led the NFL in 2-point conversion attempts in 2015. (Greg Trott via AP)

When the NFL moved extra-point kick tries back to the 15-yard line, making what was a 20-yard kick a more challenging 33-yard kick, the hope was that the longer kick would tempt teams into attempting more 2-point tries.

The league moved the ball back to the 15-yard line on extra-point tries, but it kept the spot of the ball at the 2-yard line on 2-point conversions to further entice coaches into going for two more often.

The NFL moved extra-point kick tries back to the 15-yard line in 2015. As a result, PATs are no longer automatic and clubs are attempting more 2-point conversions.

The NFL moved extra-point kick tries back to the 15-yard line in 2015. As a result, PATs are no longer automatic and clubs are attempting more 2-point conversions.

The experiment did increase the number of attempts, with NFL teams attempting a record 94 2-point conversions after touchdowns, but coaches still opted to try an extra-point kick 92 percent of the time — or after 1,217 of the 1,318 touchdowns scored in 2015.

In 2015, teams converted on 48 percent of their attempts — or 45 times. That is about the same rate as in 2014, when teams converted 47 percent of their attempts (28/59).

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin embraced the change and went for two more than any other coach this season, attempting 11 2-point conversions and successfully converting eight times.

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