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 COVID-19 Protocols

Social Justice

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

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. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

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 and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

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 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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

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.

The NFL playoffs kick off with Wild Card Weekend on Saturday, Jan. 4 when the Buffalo Bills visit the Houston Texans (ESPN/ABC, 4:35 PM ET) and the Tennessee Titans visit the New England Patriots (CBS, 8:15 PM ET).

On Sunday, Jan. 5, the Minnesota Vikings visit the New Orleans Saints (FOX, 1:05 PM ET) and the Seattle Seahawks are at the Philadelphia Eagles (NBC, 4:40 PM ET).

The playoffs continue Jan. 11-12 when the Baltimore Ravens (Saturday, CBS, 8:15 PM ET) and Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, CBS, 3:05 PM ET) in the AFC and the Green Bay Packers (Sunday, FOX, 6:40 PM ET) and San Francisco 49ers (Saturday, NBC, 4:35 PM ET) in the NFC host Divisional Playoff games. The Ravens and 49ers own home-field advantage for the Conference Championship games (Jan. 19) if they win their Divisional contests.

Super Bowl LIV will be played on Sunday, Feb. 2 (FOX, 6:30 PM ET), at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

The 2020 Pro Bowl (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC, 3 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Turnaround Teams & Consistent Winners Highlight Playoff Field

Six playoff teams won at least 12 regular-season games in 2019, which equals 2003 and 2011 for the most teams with 12-or-more wins in a single postseason. This season’s records:

  • Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
  • Green Bay Packers (13-3)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
  • New Orleans Saints (13-3)
  • New England Patriots (12-4)
  • San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

The combined winning percentage of the 2019 playoff field is .708 (136-56), the highest combined winning percentage among postseason teams since 2005, when teams combined for a .719 winning percentage (138-54).

There are five new playoff teams in 2019:

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Tennessee Titans

Since 1990 — a streak of 30 consecutive seasons — at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs after not making the postseason the year before.

Two teams won division titles — Green Bay (NFC North) and San Francisco (NFC West) — after missing the playoffs last season. At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 seasons.

Three divisions had new champions in 2019:

  • Philadelphia Eagles (NFC East)
  • Green Bay Packers (NFC North)
  • San Francisco 49ers (NFC West)

Since realignment in 2002, 29 of the 32 NFL teams have won a division title at least once.

New England has won 11 consecutive AFC East division titles, the longest streak of division championships in league annals.

Six of this season’s 12 playoff teams have won at least one Super Bowl since 1999 and have combined to capture 12 of the past 20 Vince Lombardi Trophies:

  • Patriots (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII)
  • Ravens (XXXV, XLVII)
  • Eagles (LII)
  • Packers (XLV)
  • Saints (XLIV)
  • Seahawks (XLVIII).

The New England Patriots (.649), Baltimore Ravens (.625), Green Bay Packers (.607) and San Francisco 49ers (.600) have the four highest postseason winning percentages in NFL history.

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