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 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. 

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

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.

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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

2019 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game. 6.2.5

2019 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

Signals Intelligence

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

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.

Seventeen teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIV and two playoff berths in each conference are up for grabs.

The Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers have each qualified for the postseason after missing the playoffs last season. From 1990-2018, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The Minnesota Vikings can join that group with a win on Monday Night Football (8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN) at home against the Packers. Depending on the result, either the Packers will clinch the division for the first time since 2016, or the Vikings will clinch a playoff spot.

It’s also a division clash featuring teams with 10-or-more wins. That has happened just three times since the beginning of the 2015 season, and for the second time, the game is featuring the Packers and Vikings.

Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur has an opportunity to become the 10th rookie head coach in NFL history to win at least 12 games in a season.

The rookie head coaches who have won at least 12 games in NFL history, by wins:

COACH, TEAM

W

L

T

PCT

SEASON

Jim Caldwell, Indianapolis

14

2

0

.875

2009

George Seifert, San Francisco

14

2

0

.875

1989

Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco

13

3

0

.813

2011

Steve Mariucci, San Francisco

13

3

0

.813

1997

John MaddenHOF, Oakland

12

1

1

.893

1969

Matt Nagy, Chicago

12

4

0

.750

2018

Barry Switzer, Dallas

12

4

0

.750

1994

Red Miller, Denver

12

2

0

.857

1977

Chuck Knox, L.A. Rams

12

2

0

.857

1973


The Dallas Cowboys can clinch the NFC East division title with a road win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field (4:25 p.m. EST, FOX). Winning a division has proven significant this decade — the last team to advance to the Super Bowl without winning a division title was the 2010 Packers, who won Super Bowl XLV. Since then, all 16 teams to appear in the Super Bowl have won their divisions.

On Saturday (4:30 p.m. EST, NFL Network), the Bills and New England Patriots meet with the AFC East division title on the line. With a win, the Patriots (11-3) would take the division for the 11th year in a row. They also would reach 12 wins in a season for the 13th time and match the 49ers (13 seasons) for the most seasons of 12-or-more wins since the 1970 merger. The Cowboys also have 12 seasons of at least 12 victories since 1970.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (538) can pass No. 2 Peyton Manning (539) on the NFL’s career passing touchdowns list. And with four touchdown passes, Brady would eclipse No. 1 Drew Brees (541) and hold the record for at least 21 hours, when Brees and the Saints meet the Titans on Sunday (1 p.m. EST, FOX).

Buffalo, meanwhile, has already clinched a playoff spot and can still win its first AFC East title since 1995. The Bills are led by quarterback Josh Allen, who leads NFL quarterbacks with nine rushing touchdowns. In fact, the 2019 season has tied the single-season NFL record for the most rushing touchdowns by quarterbacks.

The seasons with the most rushing touchdowns by quarterbacks in NFL history:

SEASON

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS BY QUARTERBACKS

2019

73

2002

73

2018

71

2017

66

2012

66

2011

66


New Orleans (11-3), who clinched the division on Thanksgiving, visits the Tennessee Titans (8-6) on Sunday (1 p.m. EST, FOX). Including New Orleans, four NFC teams share the best record in the conference. This year marks just the second time since the NFL adopted the 16-game schedule in 1978 that four NFC clubs are tied for the conference’s best record with two-or-fewer weeks to play. In 2014, five NFC teams were 11-4 heading into the final week.

Overall, six NFL teams have won at least 11 games, making the 2019 season just the second since 1978 in which six or more NFL clubs have won 11 or more games through 14 games. In 2004, six teams had at least 11 wins heading into the final two weeks.

Drew Brees, who surpassed Peyton Manning’s career passing touchdowns record to close Week 15 on Monday night, also recorded his 36th career game of four-or-more touchdown passes, breaking Manning’s NFL record of 35. Brees (10,093) also needs 77 pass attempts to become the all-time leader in that category; the record is held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre (10,169).

Houston Texans need a win Saturday when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 p.m. EST, NFL Network) to clinch their division for a second straight season, and for the fourth time in the last five years. Houston would join New England and Kansas City as the only NFL teams with four-or-more division titles since 2015.

NFL Schedule Dec. 21-23

(All times Eastern)

Saturday

Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 p.m.

NFLN

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

4:30 p.m.

NFLN

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

8:15 p.m.

NFLN

Sunday

Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons

1 p.m.

FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

1 p.m.

CBS

Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts

1 p.m.

FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins

1 p.m.

CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets

1 p.m.

CBS

New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans

1 p.m.

FOX

New York Giants at Washington Redskins

1 p.m.

FOX

Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos

4:05 p.m.

CBS

Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers

4:05 p.m.

CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

4:25 p.m.

FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

4:25 p.m.

FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears

8:20 p.m.

NBC

Monday

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

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