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.

2017 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.

Three more teams earned spots in the NFL’s postseason in Week 15, while nine teams remain in contention for the final three spots.

In the NFC, the undefeated Carolina Panthers, winners of the NFC South division, have already earned a first-round bye. They could earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a Week 16 win over the Atlanta Falcons or with an Arizona Cardinals loss or tie.

NFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 16.

NFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 16.

The Cardinals clinched the NFC West division title with their Sunday night win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Arizona could clinch a first-round bye with a Week 16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay clinched at least a playoff berth by defeating the Oakland Raiders and could win the NFC North with a win over the Cardinals and a Minnesota Vikings loss.

Minnesota, currently the 6th seed in the NFC, could secure a postseason spot with a Week 16 victory over the New York Giants. The Vikings could also clinch if the Seattle Seahawks win or if the Falcons lose.

The Seahawks clinched a postseason berth when they beat the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants lost to the Panthers.

The 7-7 Washington Redskins would clinch the NFC East if they win their Week 16 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

AFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 16.

AFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 16.

In the AFC, the East champion New England Patriots secured a first-round bye when they defeated the Tennessee Titans and the Denver Broncos lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots could secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a Week 16 win over the Baltimore Ravens or if they tie and the Cincinnati Bengals lose to or tie Denver.

The Steelers’ win pushed them ahead of the New York Jets into the No. 6 spot in the AFC. Both teams are 9-5 and have the same record against their division opponents, but the Steelers hold the tiebreaker with a better record against common opponents. Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with a win and a Jets loss.

Learn about the NFL’s tiebreaking procedures.

Cincinnati clinched a postseason spot by defeating the San Francisco 49ers and could win the AFC North and a first-round bye with a win or tie over Denver in Week 16. Even if they lose to Denver, the Bengals could still clinch the AFC North if the Steelers lose or tie.

The Broncos could earn a playoff spot with a win, and they would win the AFC West with a win and a Kansas City Chiefs loss. Kansas City clinches a playoff spot with a win over the Cleveland Browns and a loss by either the Jets or the Steelers.

The 7-7 Houston Texans would win the AFC South and clinch a postseason berth if they beat the Tennessee Titans and if the Indianapolis Colts lose to the Miami Dolphins.

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