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It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.
Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.
Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.
Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.
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Meet the people behind NFL Operations.
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.
Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.
In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.
How television has changed the game.
Upon further review…
It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.
The inaugural analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.
Promoting the values of football.
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.
Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”
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Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars.
A look at the programs and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.
Strengthening football and the community.
Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.
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“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”
The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.
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 an NFL game takes years of training and experience.
NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.
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.
The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.
Explore the official rules of the game.
The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.
The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.
A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.
Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms.
See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.
Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.
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|Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title|
|New Orleans Saints – NFC South division title|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-2) at Carolina|
|New Orleans will clinch a first-round bye with:|
|1. NO win + CHI loss/tie OR|
|2. NO tie + CHI loss|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-2) vs. Philadelphia|
|Los Angeles clinches a first-round bye with:|
|1. LAR win + CHI loss/tie OR|
|2. LAR tie + CHI loss|
|CHICAGO BEARS (9-4) vs. Green Bay|
|Chicago clinches NFC North division title with:|
|1. CHI win OR|
|2. MIN loss OR|
|3. CHI tie + MIN tie|
|Chicago clinches a playoff berth with:|
|1. CHI tie OR|
|2. WAS loss/tie|
|DALLAS COWBOYS (8-5) at Indianapolis|
|Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:|
|1. DAL win OR|
|2. DAL tie + PHI loss/tie + WAS loss/tie OR|
|3. PHI loss + WAS loss|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-5) at San Francisco|
|Seattle clinches a playoff berth with:|
|1. SEA win OR|
|2. SEA tie + MIN loss + CAR loss/tie OR|
|3. SEA tie + MIN loss + PHI loss/tie + WAS loss/tie OR|
|4. SEA tie + CAR loss/tie + PHI loss/tie + WAS loss/tie|
|Kansas City Chiefs – Playoff berth|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-2) vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:|
|1. KC win|
|Kansas City clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:|
|1. KC win + NE loss/tie|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-4) at Pittsburgh|
|New England clinches AFC East division title with:|
|1. NE win + MIA loss/tie OR|
|2. NE tie + MIA loss|
|New England clinches a playoff berth with:|
|1. NE win + TEN loss/tie OR|
|2. NE tie + BAL loss + TEN loss + IND loss/tie|
|HOUSTON TEXANS (9-4) at New York Jets|
|Houston clinches AFC South division title with:|
|1. HOU win + IND loss/tie + TEN loss/tie OR|
|2. HOU tie + IND loss + TEN loss|
|Houston clinches a playoff berth with:|
|1. HOU win + MIA loss/tie + PIT loss OR|
|2. HOU win + MIA loss/tie + BAL loss/tie OR|
|3. HOU tie + IND loss/tie + BAL loss + MIA loss OR|
|4. HOU tie + IND loss/tie + PIT loss + BAL loss + MIA tie OR|
|5. HOU tie + IND loss/tie + PIT loss + BAL win + MIA loss OR|
|6. HOU tie + TEN loss/tie + BAL loss + MIA loss OR|
|7. HOU tie + TEN loss/tie + PIT loss + BAL loss + MIA tie OR|
|8. HOU tie + TEN loss/tie + PIT loss + BAL win + MIA loss|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (10-3) at Kansas City|
|Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:|
|1. LAC win/tie OR|
|2. MIA loss/tie + PIT loss OR|
|3. MIA loss/tie + BAL loss/tie OR|
|4. MIA loss/tie + IND loss/tie + TEN loss/tie OR|
|5. PIT loss + IND loss/tie + TEN loss/tie OR|
|6. BAL loss/tie + IND loss/tie + TEN loss/tie|