Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.
It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.
Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.
Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.
Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.
The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.
Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.
Meet the people behind NFL Operations.
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.
Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.
In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.
How television has changed the game.
Upon further review…
It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.
The inaugural analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.
Promoting the values of football.
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.
Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”
Supporting the next generation of players and fans.
Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.
Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars.
A look at the programs and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.
Strengthening football and the community.
Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.
Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.
“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”
The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.
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 an NFL game takes years of training and experience.
NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.
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.
The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.
Explore the official rules of the game.
The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.
The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.
A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.
Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms.
See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.
Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.
The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.
Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.
Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool.
Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.
The sites, dates and times for the NFL Wild Card Playoffs on Jan. 5-6 and Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 12-13 are set.
Seven of the 12 teams are making postseason appearances in 2018 after missing the playoffs last season: Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, the Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle. Each season since 1990 — 29 consecutive seasons — at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs after not making the postseason the year before.
Saturday, Jan. 5
AFC: Indianapolis at Houston (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC) – 4:35 PM (ET)
NFC: Seattle at Dallas (FOX) – 8:15 PM (ET)
Sunday, Jan. 6
AFC: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore (CBS) – 1:05 PM (ET)
NFC: Philadelphia at Chicago (NBC) – 4:40 PM (ET)
Saturday, Jan. 12
AFC: Baltimore/Los Angeles Chargers/Indianapolis at Kansas City (NBC) – 4:35 PM (ET)
NFC: Chicago/Dallas/Seattle at Los Angeles Rams (FOX) – 8:15 PM (ET)
Sunday, Jan. 13
AFC: Houston/Baltimore/Los Angeles Chargers at New England (CBS) – 1:05 PM (ET)
NFC: Dallas/Seattle/Philadelphia at New Orleans (FOX) – 4:40 PM (ET)
In the Divisional Playoffs, the division champion with the best record in each conference will host the lowest-seeded Wild Card survivor. Once teams are seeded for the playoffs, positions do not change:
|Kansas City (12-4), AFC West champion||New Orleans (13-3), NFC South champion|
|New England (11-5), AFC East champion||Los Angeles Rams (13-3), NFC West champion|
|Houston (11-5), AFC South champion||Chicago (12-4), NFC North champion|
|Baltimore (10-6), AFC North champion||Dallas (10-6), NFC East champion|
|Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)||Seattle (10-6)|
|Indianapolis (10-6)||Philadelphia (9-7)|
The NFC (FOX, 3:05 PM ET) and AFC (CBS, 6:40 PM ET) Championship Games will be played on Sunday, Jan. 20.
The 2019 Pro Bowl (ESPN, with simulcast on ABC, 3 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and Super Bowl LIII will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3 (CBS, 6:30 PM ET), at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.