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 136 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

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.

Weekly Dashboard

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

Week 16 Results

The current NFL game stats for Week 16 of 2016. Click for a chart of the data.

Plays Per Game

% Passing Plays

Passing Attempts

Yards Per Passing Attempt

% Rushing Plays

Rushing Attempts

Yards Per Rushing Attempt

% Plays Ending in Sacks

Points Scored

Field Goal Attempts Per Game

Extra-Point Kick Attempts

Extra-Point Kicks Made

2-Point Conversions Made

2-Point Conversion Attempts

Field Goal Attempts

Field Goals Made

% Points from Field Goals

% Points from Touchdowns

% Points from Extra-Point Kicks

% Points from 2-Point Conversions

% Passes Completed

Passing Touchdowns Per Game

Rushing Touchdowns Per Game

Punts Per Game

Gross Punt Yards Per Punt

Average Punt Return Yards

Sacks

Kickoffs

Kickoff Returns

Kickoff Touchbacks

Average Margin of Victory

Total Yards Per Game

Rushing Yards Per Game

Passing Yards Per Game

Average Game Time

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Statistic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Plays Per Game 154.5 155.8 157.3 159.6 156.4 157.6 156.3
% Passing Plays 53.4% 53.5% 54.1% 54.5% 54.5% 55.5% 56%
Passing Attempts 18394 18590 18951 19424 19086 19480 18216
Yards Per Passing Attempt 6.17 6.33 6.25 6.21 6.35 6.41 6.39
% Rushing Plays 43.1% 42.9% 42.3% 41.7% 41.8% 40.9% 40.6%
Rushing Attempts 13920 13971 13925 13871 13688 13488 12452
Yards Per Rushing Attempt 4.21 4.29 4.26 4.17 4.16 4.13 4.2
% Plays Ending in Sacks 3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 3.9% 3.7% 3.6% 3.4%
Points Scored 11283 11356 11651 11985 11565 11680 10932
Field Goal Attempts Per Game 3.77 3.95 3.97 3.9 3.86 3.86 3.95
Extra-Point Kick Attempts 1214 1207 1235 1267 1230 1217 1118
Extra-Point Kicks Made 1203 1200 1229 1262 1222 1146 1044
2-Point Conversions Made 26 23 29 33 28 45 49
2-Point Conversion Attempts 50 50 56 69 58 94 98
Field Goal Attempts 964 1011 1016 998 987 987 948
Field Goals Made 794 838 852 863 829 834 804
% Points from Field Goals 21.1% 22.1% 21.9% 21.6% 21.5% 21.4% 22.1%
% Points from Touchdowns 67.5% 66.5% 66.8% 67% 67.1% 67.7% 67.1%
% Points from Extra-Point Kicks 10.7% 10.6% 10.5% 10.5% 10.6% 9.8% 9.5%
% Points from 2-Point Conversions 0.5% 0.4% 0.5% 0.6% 0.5% 0.8% 0.9%
% Passes Completed 60.8% 60.1% 60.9% 61.2% 62.6% 63% 63%
Passing Touchdowns Per Game 2.93 2.91 2.96 3.14 3.15 3.29 3.06
Rushing Touchdowns Per Game 1.56 1.56 1.57 1.6 1.48 1.43 1.74
Punts Per Game 9.63 9.72 9.64 9.87 9.32 9.53 9.11
Gross Punt Yards Per Punt 43.4 45 45.5 45 44.8 45.2 45.3
Average Punt Return Yards 9.6 9.9 9.7 9.4 8.9 8.5 8.5
Sacks 1130 1188 1169 1295 1212 1187 1046
Kickoffs 2539 2572 2620 2684 2607 2627 2474
Kickoff Returns 2033 1375 1395 1289 1226 1080 978
Kickoff Touchbacks 416 1120 1156 1309 1311 1470 1426
Average Margin of Victory 11.75 12.05 12.15 11.29 12.67 11.06 10.06
Total Yards Per Game 672.03 693.67 694.4 696.98 696.29 705.31 702.58
Rushing Yards Per Game 228.93 234.29 231.83 225.76 222.66 217.67 217.81
Passing Yards Per Game 443.09 459.38 462.57 471.22 473.62 487.64 484.76
Average Game Time 03:04:12 03:05:48 03:06:32 03:07:37 03:05:53 03:08:18 03:07:23
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Plays Per Game 155.3 159.3 156.8 156.3 153.3 156.1 157.5 164.5 158.5 156.2 154.3 153.6 152.3 153.4 152.8 161.2
% Passing Plays 56% 57.6% 56.1% 56.3% 54.7% 56.2% 56.1% 58.5% 56.5% 56.4% 55.7% 56.7% 56.4% 53.1% 54.6% 55.3%
Passing Attempts 1205 1271 1222 1152 1029 1129 1146 1090 1005 1077 1045 1210 1108 1141 1159 1227
Yards Per Passing Attempt 6.5 6.85 6.36 6.34 6.4 6.88 6 6.35 6.6 6.4 6.17 6.47 6.24 5.83 6.31 6.43
% Rushing Plays 40.7% 39% 40.5% 40.1% 41.1% 40.8% 40.8% 37.7% 40.1% 39.8% 41% 40% 40.8% 43.1% 42% 41.4%
Rushing Attempts 828 814 834 770 720 778 791 659 673 711 726 807 764 868 840 869
Yards Per Rushing Attempt 3.9 3.91 4.33 3.81 4.16 4.43 4.65 4.27 4.11 3.93 3.92 4.21 4.27 4.26 4.46 4.44
% Plays Ending in Sacks 3.2% 3.3% 3.4% 3.6% 4.1% 2.9% 3% 3.8% 3.4% 3.8% 3.3% 3.3% 2.8% 3.6% 3.4% 3.2%
Points Scored 718 724 751 676 625 726 634 656 651 642 587 729 653 637 698 825
Field Goal Attempts Per Game 4.19 4.38 3.81 3.27 4.14 4.07 4.53 4 4.15 4.29 3.36 3 3.67 3.88 4.56 3.94
Extra-Point Kick Attempts 72 75 75 72 65 78 63 65 68 57 64 79 64 63 67 91
Extra-Point Kicks Made 67 71 70 72 62 73 61 61 66 51 52 75 61 58 61 83
2-Point Conversions Made 4 2 4 5 2 2 3 5 3 4 2 3 2 2 1 5
2-Point Conversion Attempts 6 3 10 6 3 3 4 9 6 13 4 8 8 5 4 6
Field Goal Attempts 67 70 61 49 58 61 68 52 54 60 47 48 55 62 73 63
Field Goals Made 55 59 51 42 49 53 55 43 43 53 41 40 50 51 69 50
% Points from Field Goals 23% 24.4% 20.4% 18.6% 23.5% 21.9% 26% 19.7% 19.8% 24.8% 21% 16.5% 23% 24% 29.7% 18.2%
% Points from Touchdowns 66% 64.6% 68.7% 69.2% 65.3% 66.9% 63.4% 69.5% 69.1% 65.4% 69.5% 71.6% 66.2% 65% 61% 70.5%
% Points from Extra-Point Kicks 9.3% 9.8% 9.3% 10.7% 9.9% 10.1% 9.6% 9.3% 10.1% 7.9% 8.9% 10.3% 9.3% 9.1% 8.7% 10.1%
% Points from 2-Point Conversions 1.1% 0.6% 1.1% 1.5% 0.6% 0.6% 0.9% 1.5% 0.9% 1.2% 0.7% 0.8% 0.6% 0.6% 0.3% 1.2%
% Passes Completed 63.9% 62.6% 62.6% 64.8% 64.2% 64.7% 61.8% 62.3% 63.8% 64.2% 62.4% 64% 62.7% 59.6% 62.8% 61.6%
Passing Touchdowns Per Game 3 3.13 2.5 3.4 3.36 3.07 2.4 3.54 3.62 3.5 3.21 3.75 2.67 2.38 2.19 3.5
Rushing Touchdowns Per Game 1.81 1.31 2.31 1.47 1.21 2.2 1.6 2 1.77 1.21 1.29 1.5 1.93 1.63 2.06 2.44
Punts Per Game 8.88 9.25 8.56 9.87 9.14 8.47 9.33 9.38 8.77 8.86 9.79 9.25 9 9.94 8.25 9.13
Gross Punt Yards Per Punt 46.1 45.2 45.5 47.7 45.3 45.6 45.2 46.7 44.9 45.3 45.6 45.7 42.6 44.6 44.2 44.5
Average Punt Return Yards 9.2 10.7 10.9 11.4 11.6 8.7 6.2 7.8 8 8.2 9 6.9 6.2 7.8 8.4 6
Sacks 66 70 70 70 73 57 60 66 57 68 59 67 52 76 67 68
Kickoffs 165 166 169 148 142 165 150 141 141 145 136 157 150 153 170 176
Kickoff Returns 61 66 60 60 60 55 43 47 52 55 54 60 67 76 96 66
Kickoff Touchbacks 103 93 106 85 76 105 101 90 85 85 81 91 78 72 70 105
Average Margin of Victory 7.63 10.13 12.31 10.4 9.93 10 9.47 7.85 9 8.43 8.07 9.81 15 9.06 11.25 11.81
Total Yards Per Game 691.31 743.19 711.69 682.53 684.29 747.73 703.6 749 723 692.5 663.86 702 678.47 646.94 691.19 734.19
Rushing Yards Per Game 201.69 199.06 225.94 195.6 214 229.93 245 216.69 212.92 199.79 203.43 212.5 217.53 231.13 234.13 241.06
Passing Yards Per Game 489.63 544.13 485.75 486.93 470.29 517.8 458.6 532.31 510.08 492.71 460.43 489.5 460.93 415.81 457.06 493.13
Average Game Time 03:04:39 03:11:35 03:06:43 03:06:13 03:02:54 03:09:57 03:09:31 03:10:18 03:10:56 03:08:05 03:09:32 03:05:43 03:04:17 03:09:34 03:05:26 03:06:39
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