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.

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. 

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Big Data Bowl

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

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 five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

2019 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game. 6.2.5

2019 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.   

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

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.

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Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

The Conference Championship games this Sunday will determine which teams will go to Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

 

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Championship Sunday begins with the AFC Championship Game between the Tennessee Titans (11-7) and the Kansas City Chiefs (13-4), followed by the NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers (14-3) and the San Francisco 49ers (14-3). 

Three of the four remaining teams — Green Bay, San Francisco and Tennessee — are making a Championship game appearance after missing the playoffs last season. This marks the sixth time that at least three teams have advanced to Championship Weekend after failing to make the postseason the previous year since the NFL instituted the 12-team playoff format in 1990, and the second time in the past three seasons. Additionally, San Francisco is the fifth team since 1990 to advance to a Championship Game after winning four-or-fewer games the previous season, and the second in three years, joining Jacksonville in 2017.

In the NFC, this marks the third consecutive year in which the Championship Game features the conference’s top-two seeds. In the AFC, the No. 6 Titans travel to the No. 2 Chiefs. The Titans are the first six seed to reach the Conference Championship since the New York Jets and Packers in 2010. The Chiefs join the New England Patriots (2011-12, 2016-17) as the only teams to host the AFC Championship in consecutive seasons since 2000.

Each game features a quarterback making his first appearance in a Conference Championship in Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill and San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo. Tannehill led the NFL with a 117.5 passer rating in 2019, which is the fourth-highest single-season mark in NFL history. Garoppolo has a 22-5 record, including postseason, as a starter in his career.

Both Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers are returning to Championship Sunday. After leading the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game last season, Mahomes will become the eighth quarterback to start two Championship games in his first three seasons since 1970. Rodgers, will make his fourth Championship Game appearance, the third-most among active quarterbacks.

Each game is a rematch of a 2019 regular-season game.

In Week 10, Tennessee defeated Kansas City in Nashville, 35-32, and combined for over 900 yards of total offense. The game featured five lead changes and the Titans overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to win on Tannehill’s touchdown pass in the final minute and a blocked potential game-tying Kansas City field goal as time expired.

In Week 12 at Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco defeated Green Bay, 37-8, on Sunday Night Football, as the 49ers’ defense held the Packers to their lowest point total of the season. 

Tennessee Titans (11-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (13-4) (Sunday, CBS, 3:05 p.m. EST)

  • The Titans and Chiefs meet in the postseason for the fourth time. Kansas City won the first two postseason meetings, but Tennessee won the most recent game, a 22-21 victory in the 2017 Wild Card round at Arrowhead Stadium (Jan. 6, 2018).
  • The Chiefs hold a 29-24 advantage in 53 all-time meetings (including the postseason). The teams last played in Week 10 (Nov. 10), with the Titans winning 35-32.
  • The Titans will play in the franchise’s sixth AFL/AFC Championship Game and Sunday’s contest will mark the team’s first AFC Championship Game since 2002 (Jan. 19, 2003, at Oakland).
  • Tennessee can become the third team since 1990 to defeat the top three seeds in its conference in a single postseason, joining the 2005 Steelers and 2010 Packers. Both teams went on to win the Super Bowl.
  • Mike Vrabel is the first Titans head coach to win his first two postseason games since Jeff Fisher in 1999.
  • Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill leads the NFL with a 114.8 passer rating, including postseason, and has won each of his first two career postseason starts. He threw the game-winning 23-yard touchdown pass in their Week 10 game.
  • Titans running back Derrick Henry has rushed for 377 yards in two games this postseason. Including his Week 17 performance, he is the first player in NFL history with at least 180 rushing yards in three consecutive games. His 195 rushing yards in the Divisional round were a single-game franchise postseason record.
  • In three career games against Kansas City, including the playoffs, Henry has 402 rushing yards (134 per game) and five rushing touchdowns.
  • In their Divisional win over Baltimore, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey became the fifth Titans or Oilers player with multiple sacks in a postseason game since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.
  • The Titans had two players selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl: running back Derrick Henry and punter Brett Kern.
  • Kansas City will play its sixth AFL/AFC Championship Game and is appearing in the game in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
  • Andy Reid makes his seventh Conference Championship appearance as head coach, tied for the third-most by a head coach since 1970.
  • In their Divisional victory over the Texans, Patrick Mahomes became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards (321), five touchdown passes (five) and 50 rushing yards (53) in a single postseason game. Mahomes leads the NFL with 84 touchdown passes since 2018, including postseason.
  • Chiefs running back Damien Williams had three touchdowns last week, becoming the fourth player since 1950 with multiple postseason games with at least three touchdowns. Williams has eight career postseason touchdowns and seven with Kansas City, the most in franchise history.
  • Travis Kelce had a career-high three touchdown receptions in the Divisional round, becoming the third tight end in the Super Bowl era with three touchdown receptions in a single postseason game. In the regular season, Kelce led all tight ends with 1,229 receiving yards, becoming the first tight end in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in four consecutive seasons.
  • In their Week 12 meeting, Tyreek Hill  had 11 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown.
  • Last week, Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark became the first Chiefs player since 1982 with three sacks in a postseason game.
  • The Chiefs had six players selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl: defensive end Frank Clark, return specialist Mecole Hardman, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, defensive tackle Chris Jones, tight end Travis Kelce and quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Green Bay Packers (14-3) at San Francisco 49ers (14-3) (Sunday, FOX, 6:40 p.m. EST)

  • The Packers and 49ers will meet in the postseason for the eighth time, with Green Bay holding a 4-3 all-time postseason advantage. San Francisco has won the past two meetings, including the most recent, a 23-20 Wild Card round victory in 2013 at Lambeau Field (Jan. 5, 2014).
  • Green Bay holds a 36-31-1 all-time series advantage — including the postseason. The teams last played in Week 12 (Nov. 24), with the 49ers winning 37-8.
  • Green Bay advanced to its 10th Conference Championship and its first since 2016.
  • Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is the first head coach to reach the Conference Championship in his first season since Jim Harbaugh led San Francisco to the NFC Championship in 2011.
  • The Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 28-23 in the Divisional round. With the victory, Green Bay tied the Dallas Cowboys for the third-most postseason victories in NFL history (35).
  • Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes without an interception for a 113.7 passer rating in the Divisional round — his sixth consecutive postseason game with multiple touchdown passes. Only Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and Drew Brees (seven), and Joe Flacco (eight), have had more in NFL history.
  • In 17 career postseason games, Rodgers has 38 touchdown passes — the fifth-most in NFL history — and a 100 passer rating. He is one of four quarterbacks to appear in at least 10 postseason games and maintain a passer rating of 100 or higher, joining Bart Starr (104.8 rating in 10 games), Kurt Warner (102.8 rating in 13 games), and Matt Ryan (100.8 rating in 10 games). 
  • Aaron Jones had two rushing touchdowns in the Divisional round and now has 21 touchdowns in 2019, the second-most in a single season in franchise history, including the postseason. 
  • Davante Adams recorded a team-high eight receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Seattle, his third-career postseason game with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. Adams has six touchdown receptions in seven career postseason appearances.
  • Linebackers Za’Darius Smith (13.5 sacks) and Preston Smith (12) were the only pair of teammates in the NFL in 2019 and the first pair of Packers since 1982 to each record at least 12 sacks in a season, when the individual sack became an official statistic. In the Divisional round against Seattle, both linebackers recorded two sacks.
  • The Packers had two players selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl: tackle David Bakhtiari and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
  • San Francisco will appear in its 16th Conference Championship and its first since 2013.
  • With a victory, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan would join Bill Walsh (1981) and George Seifert (1989) as the only head coaches in franchise history to reach the Super Bowl in their first postseason appearance.
  • Last week, Jimmy Garoppolo made his first-career postseason start as the 49ers defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional round, 27-10.
  • In a Week 12 win over Green Bay, Garoppolo passed for 253 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a career-high 145.8 passer rating (min. 10 attempts).
  • Garoppolo finished the regular season with a career-high 102 passer rating (min. 100 attempts), joining Joe Montana and Steve Young as the only San Francisco quarterbacks with a passer rating of 100 or higher in a single season since 1950.
  • In the Divisional round, San Francisco out-gained Minnesota on the ground, 186 yards to 21. Tevin Coleman led the team with 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns, marking his second consecutive postseason game with at least 90 scrimmage yards.
  • George Kittle led all receivers with 129 receiving yards and a touchdown in the 49ers’ Week 12 victory over the Packers. The third-year tight end has recorded 2,945 career receiving yards and surpassed Mike Ditka (2,774) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his first three seasons in NFL history.
  • The 49ers tallied six sacks in the Divisional round, tied for the second-most in a single postseason game in franchise history.
  • 49ers rookie Nick Bosa recorded two sacks in his postseason debut last week. Bosa will be the sixth top-two draft selection to appear in a Championship Game in his rookie season in the common draft era, and the first since Reggie Bush in 2006.
  • The 49ers had four players selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl: defensive lineman Nick Bosa, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, tight end George Kittle and cornerback Richard Sherman.
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