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.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 8:30 PM ET | Gillette Stadium | Referee: Bill Vinovich

Chiefs Patriots
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 2-3 Bill Belichick: 7-3
LAST GAME 9/29/14: Patriots 14 at Chiefs 41
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/11: Patriots 34, Chiefs 3
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST TV: NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli (Field reporter)
STATS (2016)
POINTS FOR /AGAINST 24.3/19.4 27.6 (3L)/15.6 (1L)
OFFENSE 343.0 386.3
PASSING Alex Smith: 328-489-3502-15-8-91.2 Tom Brady: 291-432-3554-28-2-112.2 (2L)
RUSHING Charcandrick West: 88-293-3.3-1 Mike Gillislee (Buf.): 101-577-5.7-8
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 85-1125-13.2-4 Brandin Cooks (NO): 78-1173-15.0-8
DEFENSE 368.5 326.4
SACKS Dee Ford: 10 Trey Flowers: 7
INTs Marcus Peters: 6 (T2L) Stephon Gilmore (Buf.): 5
TAKE/GIVE +16 (T1L) (33/17) +12 (3L) (23/11)
PUNTING (NET) Dustin Colquitt: 45.1 (40.7) Ryan Allen: 44.7 (41.4)
KICKING Cairo Santos: 129 (36/39 PAT; 31/35 FG) Stephen Gostkowski: 127 (46/49 PAT; 27/32 FG)

Chiefs Notes

  • Chiefs won AFC West in 2016 for 1st time since 2010. Led NFL with 33 takeaways & tied for league lead with +16 TO differential. Overcame 21-point deficit in 33-27 OT win vs. Chargers on KO Weekend in 2016.
  • QB Alex Smith passed for career-high 3,502 yards in 2016. Ranked 3rd in AFC with 67.1 comp. pct. last season. Has 1,317 rushing yards in 4 seasons with KC, most by QB in franchise history. Passed for 248 yards & 3 TDs with 0 INTs for 144.4 rating in last meeting.
  • RB Kareem Hunt was selected by KC in 3rd round (No. 86 overall) of 2017 NFL Draft. Rushed for 1,475 yards & 10 TDs as senior at Toledo.
  • WR Tyreek Hill had 12 TDs (6 rec., 3 rush, 2 PR & 1 KR) last season, most by rookie in team history. Joined Hall of Famer RB Gale Sayers as only players with 5+ TD catches, 3+ rush TDs, PR-TD & KR-TD in single season.
    TE Travis Kelce led NFL TEs with 1,125 rec. yards & ranked 2nd with 85 catches in 2016. Had 100+ rec. yards in 4 consecutive games from Weeks 11-14 last season, tied for longest streak by TE in NFL history.
  • S Eric Berry tied for NFL lead with 2 INT-TDs in 2016. Has 5 career INT-TDs, tied for 5th among active players. Since 2011, LB Justin Houston ranks 4th in NFL with 60 sacks. DeDee Ford led team with 10 sacks in 2016. CB Marcus Peters tied for 2nd in NFL with 6 INTs last season. Since entering league in 2015, leads NFL with 14 INTs.

Patriots Notes

  • Patriots overcame 25-point deficit to win 5th Super Bowl title in SB LI. Have won 8 consecutive division titles, most in NFL history. Won 13+ games for 6th time in franchise history, tying Den. for most in league history. Are 5th team in NFL history to finish .500+ in 16 consecutive seasons. Have won past 8 home openers on KO Weekend.
  • QB Tom Brady won SB LI MVP & set single-game SB records in att. (62), comp. (43) & pass yards (466). Has 208 career wins (incl. playoffs) as starter, most in NFL history. Led NFL with 14.0 TD/INT ratio (28 TDs, 2 INTs) last season, highest single-season ratio in NFL history. Ranked 2nd in NFL with 112.2 rating. Ranks 4th in league annals with 456 career pass TDs & 61,582 pass yards.
  • RB James White set single-game SB record with 14 catches & scored 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.), tied for most in single game in SB history. Tied for lead among NFL RBs with 5 rec. TDs last season.
  • TE Rob Gronkowski leads NFL TEs with 68 TD catches & ranks 2nd with 6,095 rec. yards since entering NFL in 2010. Has 3 seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards. WR BRANDIN COOKS makes team debut. Led Saints with 1,173 rec. yards in 2016. Had 98-yard TD catch on KO Weekend with NO in 2016. WR Chris Hogan had 332 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in 2016 postseason.
  • CB Malcolm Butler led team with 4 INTs & 17 PD in 2016. DE Trey Flowers led team with 7 sacks last season.