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. 


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

Signals Intelligence

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

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

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.

The NFL’s final week of the regular season features several games that will determine playoff matchups.

While the six NFC playoff teams are set, they are jockeying for positioning in Week 17.

NFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 17.

NFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 17.

The Carolina Panthers won the NFC South championship in Week 13 — but by losing to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16, they failed to earn the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. They would clinch the No. 1 seed if they defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17 or if the Arizona Cardinals lose to the Seattle Seahawks. If the Panthers lose, and the Cardinals beat the Seahawks, then Arizona would get home-field advantage.

The NFC North champion will be decided Sunday night in the final game of the season. The winner of the matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers will take the division crown and secure the No. 3 seed. The NFC North runner-up will make the playoffs as a wild card.

The Seattle Seahawks would secure the No. 5 seed with a win against the Cardinals and a Vikings loss in Green Bay. With any other outcomes, the Seahawks will be the sixth seed.

The Washington Redskins won the NFC East with their Week 16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. They will be the No. 4 seed.

AFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 17.

AFC Playoff scenario heading into Week 17.

In the AFC, the New England Patriots (the East champion) have not yet clinched the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, but they can do so with a win over the Miami Dolphins.

The Denver Broncos clinched a playoff berth and moved to the No. 2 seed with their Week 16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. If they defeat the San Diego Chargers, Denver would win the AFC West and secure a first-round bye. The Broncos would earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if they win and the Patriots lose to the Dolphins.

A Denver win would give the Kansas City Chiefs the No. 5 seed — but because they hold the division-record tiebreaker over Denver, the Chiefs could still win the AFC West and secure the No. 3 seed if they defeat the Oakland Raiders and Denver loses to San Diego.

Learn about the NFL’s tiebreakers.

Cincinnati won the AFC North when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost in Week 16. The Bengals would earn a first-round bye if they defeat the Baltimore Ravens and Denver loses to the Chargers.

The Houston Texans would win the AFC South and take the No. 4 seed if they beat or tie the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts lose to or tie the Tennessee Titans.

The New York Jets currently hold the No. 6 seed and can earn a trip to the playoffs in one of two ways: They defeat or tie the Buffalo Bills or the Steelers lose to or tie the Browns. Pittsburgh hasn’t secured a playoff berth, but would leapfrog the Jets with a win over the Browns and a Jets loss to the Bills because the Steelers would have a better record in games against common opponents.

The Colts are technically alive in the playoff race, but need help. They would need to win against the Titans and have Houston, Cincinnati, the New York Jets, New Orleans, San Diego, New England, Kansas City and Cleveland all lose on Sunday.