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.

2017 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.

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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.

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Interactive Statistics: Through Week 6 of 2017

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Statistic 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Plays Per Game 154.5 155.8 157.3 159.6 156.4 157.6 156.3 155.4
% Passing Plays 53.4% 53.5% 54.1% 54.5% 54.5% 55.5% 55.9% 54.3%
Passing Attempts 18394 18590 18951 19424 19086 19480 19401 6709
Yards Per Passing Attempt 6.17 6.33 6.25 6.21 6.35 6.41 6.37 6.14
% Rushing Plays 43.1% 42.9% 42.3% 41.7% 41.8% 40.9% 40.7% 41.8%
Rushing Attempts 13920 13971 13925 13871 13688 13488 13320 4826
Yards Per Rushing Attempt 4.21 4.29 4.26 4.17 4.16 4.13 4.19 4.1
% Plays Ending in Sacks 3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 3.9% 3.7% 3.6% 3.4% 3.9%
Points Scored 11283 11356 11651 11985 11565 11680 11661 4044
Field Goal Attempts Per Game 3.77 3.95 3.97 3.9 3.86 3.86 3.94 4.13
Extra-Point Kick Attempts 1214 1207 1235 1267 1230 1217 1195 407
Extra-Point Kicks Made 1203 1200 1229 1262 1222 1146 1119 386
2-Point Conversions Made 26 23 29 33 28 45 51 11
2-Point Conversion Attempts 50 50 56 69 58 94 105 35
Field Goal Attempts 964 1011 1016 998 987 987 1009 376
Field Goals Made 794 838 852 863 829 834 850 320
% Points from Field Goals 21.1% 22.1% 21.9% 21.6% 21.5% 21.4% 21.9% 23.7%
% Points from Touchdowns 67.5% 66.5% 66.8% 67% 67.1% 67.7% 67.2% 65.9%
% Points from Extra-Point Kicks 10.7% 10.6% 10.5% 10.5% 10.6% 9.8% 9.6% 9.5%
% Points from 2-Point Conversions 0.5% 0.4% 0.5% 0.6% 0.5% 0.8% 0.9% 0.5%
% Passes Completed 60.8% 60.1% 60.9% 61.2% 62.6% 63% 63% 62.9%
Passing Touchdowns Per Game 2.93 2.91 2.96 3.14 3.15 3.29 3.07 3.03
Rushing Touchdowns Per Game 1.56 1.56 1.57 1.6 1.48 1.43 1.73 1.38
Punts Per Game 9.63 9.72 9.64 9.87 9.32 9.53 9.12 9.45
Gross Punt Yards Per Punt 43.4 45 45.5 45 44.8 45.2 45.3 46.1
Average Punt Return Yards 9.6 9.9 9.7 9.4 8.9 8.5 8.6 8.6
Sacks 1130 1188 1169 1295 1212 1187 1118 450
Kickoffs 2539 2572 2620 2684 2607 2627 2632 925
Kickoff Returns 2033 1375 1395 1289 1226 1080 1035 313
Kickoff Touchbacks 416 1120 1156 1309 1311 1470 1516 584
Average Margin of Victory 11.75 12.05 12.15 11.29 12.67 11.06 10.23 10.92
Total Yards Per Game 672.03 693.67 694.4 696.98 696.29 705.31 700.79 670.02
Rushing Yards Per Game 228.93 234.29 231.83 225.76 222.66 217.67 217.82 217.6
Passing Yards Per Game 443.09 459.38 462.57 471.22 473.62 487.64 482.96 452.42
Average Game Time 03:04:12 03:05:48 03:06:32 03:07:37 03:05:53 03:08:18 03:07:08 03:06:04
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Plays Per Game 150.9 152.4 155.6 156.9 157.1 159.9
% Passing Plays 54.2% 54.5% 54.3% 53.7% 54.7% 54.3%
Passing Attempts 1084 1174 1167 1180 1054 1049
Yards Per Passing Attempt 6.11 6.01 6.52 6.1 6.06 6.01
% Rushing Plays 41.6% 41.2% 41.9% 42.5% 41.3% 42.4%
Rushing Attempts 773 824 841 874 743 771
Yards Per Rushing Attempt 3.61 4.25 4.11 4.35 4.05 4.21
% Plays Ending in Sacks 4.1% 4.3% 3.8% 3.7% 3.9% 3.4%
Points Scored 606 643 799 715 607 674
Field Goal Attempts Per Game 3.93 4.25 3.81 4.75 3.93 4.07
Extra-Point Kick Attempts 58 65 88 67 60 69
Extra-Point Kicks Made 54 61 86 64 56 65
2-Point Conversions Made 2 0 1 2 2 4
2-Point Conversion Attempts 7 2 3 9 7 7
Field Goal Attempts 59 68 61 76 55 57
Field Goals Made 52 60 53 61 47 47
% Points from Field Goals 25.7% 28% 19.9% 25.6% 23.2% 20.9%
% Points from Touchdowns 64.4% 62.5% 69.1% 64.6% 66.2% 67.7%
% Points from Extra-Point Kicks 8.9% 9.5% 10.8% 9% 9.2% 9.6%
% Points from 2-Point Conversions 0.7% 0% 0.3% 0.6% 0.7% 1.2%
% Passes Completed 63.9% 63.5% 65% 62.2% 62.3% 60%
Passing Touchdowns Per Game 2.53 2.5 3.88 2.94 3.29 3.07
Rushing Touchdowns Per Game 1.27 1.44 1.69 1.5 1.07 1.29
Punts Per Game 9.33 9.31 9.88 8.69 9.93 9.64
Gross Punt Yards Per Punt 44.9 45.4 47.1 45.8 46.7 46.5
Average Punt Return Yards 7 9.4 7.9 5.8 11 10.6
Sacks 77 85 77 78 72 61
Kickoffs 143 156 171 164 141 150
Kickoff Returns 47 57 48 59 52 50
Kickoff Touchbacks 93 94 114 105 86 92
Average Margin of Victory 13.6 12.31 10.69 12.44 7.93 8
Total Yards Per Game 627.47 660.25 691.56 687.44 670.64 681.64
Rushing Yards Per Game 185.93 219.13 216.13 237.44 214.79 231.64
Passing Yards Per Game 441.53 441.13 475.44 450 455.86 450
Average Game Time 03:01:58 03:03:31 03:08:40 03:05:19 03:07:01 03:10:15
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