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 COVID-19 Protocols

Social Justice

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. 

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

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.

Week 11 gets underway on Thursday night as the Carolina Panthers host the New Orleans Saints (NBC, NFL Network, Twitter; 8:25 PM ET) in an NFC South showdown. The game features NBC’s debut in the “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast, cable (NFL Network) and digital (Twitter). In Week 6, New Orleans defeated Carolina 41-38 as rookie Wil Lutz kicked a game-winning 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining. Saints QB Drew Brees passed for 465 yards and four touchdowns in the game, marking his NFL-record 15th career 400-yard passing performance. Brees ranks second in the NFL with 2,992 yards passing & ties for the league lead with 24 touchdown passes. New Orleans WR Michael Thomas leads all rookies in receptions (51), receiving yards (613) & touchdown catches (five). Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints in Week 6. Panthers TE Greg Olsen ranks first among NFL tight ends with 50 catches and 712 receiving yards while LB Luke Kuechly is second in the NFC with 88 tackles.

STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Sean Payton: 9-12 Ron Rivera: 6-5
LAST WEEK L 25-23 vs. Denver L 20-17 vs. Kansas City
LAST GAME 10/16/16: Panthers 38 at Saints 41. New Orleans QB Drew Bress passes for 465 yards & 4 TDs. Saints K Wil Lutz converts GW 52-yard FG with 11 seconds remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/27/15: Panthers 27, Saints 22. Carolina QB Cam Newton passes for 315 yards & scores 3 total TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing). Panthers TE Greg Olsen has 8 catches for 134 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST NBC/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli.
PASSING Drew Brees: 263-376-2992-24-7-107.0 Cam Newton: 161-277-1994-10-7-82.0
RUSHING Mark Ingram: 115-547-4.8-2 Jonathan Stewart: 92-334-3.6-4
RECEIVING Michael Thomas (R): 51-613-12.0-5 Greg Olsen (TE): 50-712-14.2-3
OFFENSE 427.7 366.7
DEFENSE 400.6 351.6
SACKS Nick Fairley: 4.5 Mario Addison: 4.5
INTs Sterling Moore: 2 Thomas Davis: 2
PUNTING Thomas Morstead: 49.6 Andy Lee: 49.1
KICKING Wil Lutz (R): 71 (29/30 PAT; 14/19 FG) Graham Gano: 65 (20/22 PAT; 15/19 FG)


SAINTS: QB Drew Brees has 1,723 passing yards (344.6 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 114.2 rating in past 5. Passed for 303 yards with 3 TDs last week & became 3rd player in NFL history with 450+ TD passes (452). Aims for 5th in row vs. NFC South with 300+ yards…RB Tim Hightower has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB Mark Ingram has 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in past 3 on road. Has 3 TDs in past 2 at Car…WR Brandin Cooks had 98 rec. yards & TD in Week 10. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Car. with 100+ rec. yards & TD. WR Willie Snead had 2 TD catches last week. WR Michael Thomas leads NFL rookies in receptions (51), rec. yards (613) & TD catches (5). TE Coby Fleener had TD catch & rush TD in last meeting…DE Cameron Jordan has sack in 3 of past 4 at Car. LB Craig Robertson leads team with 80 tackles. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 11+ tackles. CB B.W. Webb had career-high 4 PD in last meeting. S Kenny Vaccaro had sack & INT in Week 10. Aims for 4th in row vs. Car. with 7+ tackles.

PANTHERS: QB Cam Newton passed for 261 yards & rushed for 54 yards with 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 10. Is only player in NFL history with 20,000 pass yards (20,257) & 3,000 rush yards (3,486) in 1st 6 seasons. Became 5th-youngest QB all-time with 20,000 career pass yards…RB Jonathan Stewart has 4 TDs in past 4 meetings…WR Devin Funchess aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with TD catch. TE Greg Olsen has 23 receptions for 357 yards (119 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 vs. NO. Leads NFL TEs in receptions (510) & rec. yards (712)…DT Kawann Short aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. Since 2015, is 2nd among NFC DTs with 14 sacks. DE Mario Addison has 3 sacks in past 2. LB Luke Kuechly is averaging 10.6 tackles per game in 8 career meetings. Since 2012, leads NFL with 679 tackles. Rookie CB James Bradberry had career-high 8 tackles in Week 10. S Tre Boston had INT last week.