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.

Social Justice

NFL COVID-19 Protocols

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.

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.

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 kicks off the league's second century and 2020 season with "2020 NFL Kickoff Presented by EA Sports Madden 21” as the Super Bowl LIV Champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium.

The season opener features two of the best young quarterbacks in the game — Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and Texans' Deshaun Watson. Both quarterbacks have led their respective teams to division titles in each of the past two seasons. In the 2019 AFC Divisional Round, Kansas City defeated Houston, 51-31 after trailing 24-0, becoming the first team in NFL history to win a playoff game by at least 20 points after trailing by at least 20 points. Kansas City also overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to win Super Bowl LIV.

The 2020 NFL Kickoff celebrates the return of football and recognizes an unprecedented offseason that included the historic social justice movement and community engagement of NFL players and clubs across the country. Through Inspire Change, the NFL continues its long-term commitment of working in communities to bring positive change.

Before kickoff, the NFL-produced Kickoff livestream “It Takes All of Us” presented by EA Sports Madden 21 will celebrate the start of the season and consist of the Chiefs’ community impact, Inspire Change and a 2020 season preview. The livestream will run across NFL Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, NFL.com, Twitch and TikTok.

A special rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be featured during the pregame coverage and celebrated throughout Kickoff Weekend. These features will spotlight the history of the song and highlight the work of NFL players in their communities.

The league's “It Takes All of Us” campaign will use the scale and power of the NFL to work to unite the country. The season-long campaign connects all league efforts around social justice and will also honor those on the frontlines in the COVID-19 crisis. During Week 1, all NFL fields will feature end zone stencils with the words, "It Takes All of Us" and "End Racism."

NFL players, coaches and officials can honor social justice heroes or victims of systemic racism or police brutality with helmet stickers and patches. More than 1,400 players and 300 coaches and officials have selected names or phrases, including “It Takes All of Us,” “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” and “Black Lives Matter.” Players also can choose to wear a warmup tee-shirt with “Injustice Against One of Us, Is Injustice Against All of Us” on the front of the shirt, and “END RACISM” on the back.

In addition to airing on NBC, the 2020 NFL Kickoff game will be streamed live across all devices via NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, NFL.com and the NFL app. Fans on mobile devices can stream the game via the Texans’ and Chiefs’ mobile properties, Yahoo Sports, and other Verizon Media and NFL properties. Audio coverage of the game is provided by Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM and the TuneIn app.

Al Michaels will call the action alongside Cris Collinsworth. Michele Tafoya will report from Arrowhead Stadium. Three-time Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay will be the Sunday Night Football rules analyst.

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