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.

With three weeks remaining in the 2015 regular season, 25 teams are still in contention for postseason play, and 16 of those teams are within one game of a playoff spot. Three teams have already clinched a postseason appearance.

Learn about the NFL’s tiebreaking procedures.

The Carolina Panthers have won the NFC South and earned a first-round bye. Carolina can guarantee home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a Week 15 win and an Arizona Cardinals loss or tie. The Panthers can also earn home-field advantage if they tie and the Cardinals lose.

NFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 15.

NFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 15.

The New England Patriots have won the AFC East and can secure a first-round bye with a win and a Denver Broncos loss, or with the combination of a win, a Cincinnati Bengals loss and a Broncos tie.

The Arizona Cardinals are guaranteed at least a playoff berth and can clinch the NFC West division title with a win or a tie. They can win the division with a Seattle loss or tie, or if the Bengals and the New Orleans Saints both win and the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers both lose.

AFC Playoff picture heading into week 15.  

AFC Playoff picture heading into week 15.  

In the AFC, Cincinnati and Denver can clinch playoff births in Week 15. The Bengals are in with a victory, but they can also lock up their spot if the New York Jets or the Kansas City Chiefs lose.

Denver can clinch a playoff berth with a win, or if they tie and the Jets lose. The Broncos will win the AFC West division title with a victory and a Chiefs loss or tie, or if they tie and the Chiefs lose.

In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers can earn a playoff berth with a win. They also clinch if either the Washington Redskins or the New York Giants lose or tie.

The defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings can also lock up postseason spots in Week 15 if they win or tie their games.

If Seattle wins and either the Giants or the Redskins lose or tie, the Seahawks are in. They can also get in if the Atlanta Falcons lose or tie and Minnesota loses and Green Bay wins or ties. If the Seahawks tie, they would need a Falcons loss or tie and one of the following:

  • The Giants lose.
  • Washington loses and the Philadelphia Eagles lose or tie.

Minnesota clinches a spot with a win and if a Redskins or Giants loss or tie is combined with a Falcons or Seahawks loss or tie. If the Vikings tie, they need the Falcons to lose or tie along with one of the following:

  • The Eagles lose or tie and the Redskins lose.
  • The Eagles lose or tie and the Giants lose.
  • The Redskins lose or tie and the Giants lose or tie, provided that both Washington and New York don’t tie.
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