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 5 begins on Thursday night with the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Arizona Cardinals (CBS/NFL Network/Twitter; 8:25 PM ET) at Levi’s Stadium. The Cardinals are seeking their third consecutive win against the 49ers. In the last meeting, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer scored the game-winning touchdown on an eight-yard run with 2:28 remaining. Arizona RB David Johnson leads the NFL in scrimmage yards (510) and is the first Cardinals player to have 100+ scrimmage yards in each of the team’s first four games of a season. The 49ers look to improve to 2-1 in the NFC West this season. RB Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown last week, leads the NFC with five rushing touchdowns.

STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bruce Arians: 3-3 Chip Kelly: 1-2
LAST WEEK L 17-13 vs. Los Angeles L 24-17 vs. Dallas
LAST GAME 11/29/15: Cardinals 19 at 49ers 13. Arizona QB Carson Palmer has GW 8-yard TD run with 2:28 remaining. Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu has 13 tackles & INT.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Holmgren. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Az), 81 (SF). XM: 88
(WW1), 226 (Az), 225 (SF).
PASSING Carson Palmer: 90-153-1150-6-5-81.9 OR Drew Stanton: 5-15-48-0-2-3.6 Blaine Gabbert: 69-119-728-4-4-73.1
RUSHING David Johnson: 64-300-4.7-3 Carlos Hyde: 73-299-4.1-5
RECEIVING Larry Fitzgerald: 25-280-11.2-3 Jeremy Kerley: 18-202-11.2-1
OFFENSE 382.0 292.8
DEFENSE 313.5 390.0
SACKS Markus Golden, Chandler Jones: 4 Ahmad Brooks: 2
INTs Marcus Cooper, Patrick Peterson: 2 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Ryan Quigley: 42.3 Bradley Pinion: 46.1
KICKING Chandler Catanzaro: 24 (9/10 PAT; 5/6 FG) Phil Dawson: 22 (10/10 PAT; 4/5 FG)


CARDINALS: QB Carson Palmer has 300+ pass yards & 2+ TDs in 2 of past 3 vs. SF. Rushed for TD in last meeting. QB Drew Stanton passed for 244 yards & 2 TDs in 9/21/14 meeting…RB David Johnson had 124 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 41 rec.) in Week 4. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in last meeting. RB Chris Johnson had rush TD last week. Rushed for 110 yards & 2 TDs in 9/27/15 meeting...WR John Brown had 10 receptions for 144 yards in Week 4. Had 5 receptions for 99 yards in last meeting. WR Larry Fitzgerald aims for 3rd in row vs. SF with 9+ receptions. Had 9 receptions for 134 yards & 2 TDs in 9/27/15 meeting. WR Michael Floyd has TD catch in 2 of past 3…LB Chandler Jones has 6 sacks in past 6. Has sack in all 4 games with AZ this season. Tied with LB Markus Golden for most sacks on team (4). CB Patrick Peterson has INT in 2 of past 3. S Tony Jefferson had sack & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. SF. Led team with 9 tackles last week. S Tyvon Branch had 9 tackles in only career meeting (10/17/10 with Oak). S Tyrann Mathieu has 3 INTs in past 2 vs. SF. Had INT-TD in 9/27/15 meeting

49ERS: QB Blaine Gabbert passed for 318 yards & TD for 94.4 rating in last meeting… RB Carlos Hyde has 4 TDs in past 2 vs. NFC West. Rushed for 74 yards & TD in Week 4. Leads NFC with 5 rush TDs in 2016…WR Jeremy Kerley had 6 receptions for 88 yards & TD last week. TE Garrett Celek had 5 receptions for 79 yards in Week 4. TE Vance McDonald had 6 receptions for 71 yards & TD in last meeting…NT Mike Purcell had sack in last meeting. LB NaVorro Bowman aims for 4th in row vs. AZ with 8+ tackles. Had 8 tackles & sack last week. Leads team with 35 tackles. LB Ahmad Brooks has 6 sacks in 5 career home games vs. Az. CB Rashard Robinson had career-high 3 PD in Week 4. S Antoine Bethea has 9+ tackles in 2 of past 3.