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.


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.

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.

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.

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris runs the ball after a blocked extra point attempt against the Detroit Lions. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris runs the ball after a blocked extra point attempt against the Detroit Lions. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

NFL kickers have missed 14 extra point kick tries through the first three weeks of the 2015 season. That's six more than they missed in all 17 weeks of the 2014 regular season.

This offseason, the league adopted a Competition Committee proposal to move the spot from where the ball is snapped on PAT kick tries back to the 15-yard line, making what was a 17-yard kick a more challenging 33-yard kick.

“The decision didn’t happen overnight,” said Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino. “The Committee has been looking at this for several seasons.”

As kickers have become more accurate, the extra point has become almost automatic. In 2014, NFL kickers converted 99.3 percent of extra point kicks tries.

The Committee reviewed data and discussed various ways to make the play less automatic and more exciting. Longer kicks were tested during the Hall of Fame Game and the first two weeks of the 2014 preseason.

The proposal the Committee presented to the owners this offseason not only moved the kick back, but also kept the two-point tries at the two-yard line and allowed defenses to return missed tries. The rule change passed by a 30-2 margin and was implemented before the 2015 season.

While the extra distance has made the play less routine, through the first three weeks, kickers are still connecting on 94.2 percent of their attempts.

“The change has had the desired effect,” said Blandino. “The play is not automatic anymore.”

The longer extra point kick try may tempt coaches into going for two more often. Through the first three weeks of 2015, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has attempted four two-point tries, converting three. 

Teams have gone for two 24 times so far in the 2015 season, converting on half of those tries. Through the first three weeks of 2014, teams had only attempted 14 two-point tries and converted on only five of them (35.7 percent).

“We’ll see if that number goes up as we get further into the season and the weather gets cold,” Blandino said.