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, December 7, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Referee: Clete Blakeman

Week 14 kicks off on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon) in a showdown between division rivals as the Atlanta Falcons welcome the New Orleans Saints to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons (7-5) look to gain ground on the NFC South-leading Saints (9-3). The teams meet for the 97th time (including the postseason), with Atlanta holding a 51-45 series advantage. In their last meeting in Week 17 of 2016, the Falcons defeated the Saints 38-32 behind Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan’s 331 passing yards and four touchdowns.

The Saints enter Week 14 following a 31-21 win over Carolina last week. New Orleans running backs Mark Ingram (122 scrimmage yards, one touchdown) and rookie Alvin Kamara (126 scrimmage yards, two touchdowns) combined for more than 200 scrimmage yards for the fifth consecutive game and wide receiver Michael Thomas had a touchdown reception in the victory. Kamara, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,220 scrimmage yards, became the third rookie in NFL history with at least 600 rushing yards (606) and 600 receiving yards (614), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor (1964) and Billy Sims (1980). Quarterback Drew Brees has 6,127 career completions and surpassed Peyton Manning (6,125) for the second-most completions in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (6,300) has more career completions.

Atlanta looks to rebound following a 14-9 loss to Minnesota in Week 13. Falcons safety Ricardo Allen led the team with a career-high 10 tackles and defensive end Takkarist McKinley, who ties for the NFC rookie lead with five sacks, recorded a sack in his third consecutive game. Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones ranks third in the NFL with 1,063 receiving yards and is averaging 104.6 yards per game over his past five games. Quarterback Matt Ryan reached 3,000 passing yards (3,057) for the eighth consecutive season. In his past six games against New Orleans, Ryan has 1,970 passing yards (328.3 per game) with 14 touchdowns and one interception for a 115.4 passer rating.

LAST WEEK W 31-21 vs. Carolina L 14-9 vs. Minnesota
COACH VS. OPP. Sean Payton: 15-7 Dan Quinn: 2-2
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 29.4/20.3 22.8/20.3
OFFENSE 408.6 365.2
PASSING Drew Brees: 291-407-3298-17-5-104.2 Matt Ryan: 260-390-3057-16-8-95.4
RUSHING Mark Ingram: 180-922-5.1-9 Devonta Freeman: 128-589-4.6-5
RECEIVING Michael Thomas: 75-875-11.7-3 Julio Jones: 68-1063-15.6-3
DEFENSE 330.1 321
SACKS Cameron Jordan: 10 Adrian Clayborn: 8
INTs Kenny Vaccaro: 3 Desmond Trufant: 2
TAKE/GIVE +3 (15/12) -3 (10/13)
PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 48.1 (41.9) Matt Bosher: 45.1 (41.5)
KICKING Wil Lutz: 111 (36/39 PAT; 25/30 FG) Matt Bryant: 100 (28/28 PAT; 24/28 FG)

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 50-45
LAST GAME: 1/1/17: Saints 32 at Falcons 38
STREAKS: Falcons have won past 2


TV: NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime (8:25 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (NO), 83 (Atl) | XM: 88 (WW1), 81 (NO), 83 (Atl)


  • QB Drew Brees has 6,127 career completions & surpassed Peyton Manning (6,125) for 2nd most all time. Aims for 7th in row vs. Atl. with 300+ pass yards. Has 1,361 yards (340.3 per game) & 7 TDs for 98.1 rating in past 4 vs. Atl. Has 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 102.7 rating in past 6 on road.
  • RB Mark Ingram leads NFL with 9 rush TDs. In past 4, has 444 scrimmage yards (111 per game) & 5 rush TDs. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 vs. Atl. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Rookie RB Alvin Kamara is 3rd rookie in NFL history with 600+ rush yards (606) & 600+ rec. yards (614). Ranks 4th in NFL with 1,220 scrimmage yards. Has 529 scrimmage yards (132.3 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in past 4 on road. Kamara & Ingram aim for 6th in row with 200+ combined scrimmage yards.
  • WR Michael Thomas had 10 receptions for career high 156 yards & TD in last game vs. Atl. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with rec. TD. In past 2 on road vs. division, has 17 catches for 243 yards (121.5 per game) & 2 TDs. WR Ted Ginn, Jr. has TD in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC South.
  • DE Cameron Jordan is 1 of 3 in NFL with 10+ sacks (10) & 50+ tackles (52). Has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 6 on road. Has 8 sacks, FF & FR in his past 9 vs. Atl. S Kenny Vaccaro had sack in Week 13. Has 2 INTs in his past 4 on road. S Vonn Bell is only NFL safety with 60+ tackles (61) & 3+ sacks (3.5). Has 26 tackles, 2 sacks & FF in his past 3. DT Sheldon Rankins has sack, FF & INT in past 3 on road.


  • QB Matt Ryan has 1,970 pass yards (328.3 per game) & 14 TDs vs. 1 INT for 115.4 rating in past 6 vs. NO. Aims for 7th in row vs. NO with 100+ rating. In past 7 at home vs. division, has 2,522 pass yards (360.3 per game), 16 TDs & 3 INTs for 120.7 rating.
  • RB Devonta Freeman has 718 scrimmage yards (143.6 per game) & 6 TDs (3 rush, 3 rec.) in past 5 vs. NO. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. In past 2 on Thursday, has 261 scrimmage yards (130.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). RB Tevin Coleman has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5. Has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 vs. NO.
  • WR Julio Jones leads NFC with 1,063 rec. yards. Has 361 rec. yards (120.3 per game) & TD in past 3 at home vs. NO. Aims for 5th in row at home vs. NFC South with TD catch. In past 3 on Thursday, has 23 catches for 365 yards (121.7 per game) & 3 TDs. WR Mohamed Sanu had rec. TD in last game vs. NO. Has 2 TDs in his past 3 vs. division.
  • LB Vic Beasley, Jr. had sack in last game vs. NO. LB Deion Jones has 15 tackles, 5 PD & 90-yard INT-TD in 2 career games vs. NO. Has 36 tackles (9 per game) in past 4 vs. division. S Keanu Neal had FF in last meeting. Jones (96) & Neal (91) are 1 of 3 pairs of teammates in NFL with 90+ tackles each. Rookie DE Takkarist McKinley aims for 4th in row with sack. Ties for 1st among NFC rookies with 5 sacks. CB Robert Alford ties for NFC lead with 15 PD.