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

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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.

The 2019 postseason features young quarterbacks on the rise and veteran passers at the top of their game.

  • Three quarterbacks — Buffalo’s Josh Allen, Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz and Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill — will each make their first career postseason starts on Wild Card Weekend. San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo, who has a career 21-5 record as a starting quarterback, will make his postseason debut in the NFC Divisional round.
  • New England’s Tom Brady has led the Patriots to 11 consecutive division titles and six Super Bowl championships and is the postseason’s all-time leader in games played (40), passing yards (11,179) and touchdown passes (73). Brady led New England to the Super Bowl LIII title last season.
  • Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill will make his first start in the AFC Wild Card round. He led the NFL with a 117.5 passer rating this season, the fourth-highest single-season rating in NFL history.
  • New Orleans’ Drew Brees, a veteran of 19 NFL seasons, will make his 16th postseason start in the NFC Wild Card round after leading the league with a 74.3 completion percentage and ranking second with a career-high 116.3 passer rating in 2019. Brees led the Saints to the Super Bowl XLIV championship in 2009.
  • Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins will make his second postseason start, and first with the Vikings, in the Wild Card round. Cousins ranked fourth in the league with a 107.4 passer rating in 2019 and is the only quarterback with at least 25 touchdown passes in each of the past five seasons.
  • Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson has led the Ravens to consecutive AFC North division titles and will make his second postseason start in the AFC Divisional round. Jackson led the NFL with 36 touchdown passes, ranked third with a 113.3 passer rating and set the single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback (1,206) in 2019.
  • Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes will make his third postseason start in the AFC Divisional round. Since the beginning of the 2018 season, Mahomes leads the NFL with 76 touchdown passes and ranks third in both passing yards (9,128) and passer rating (110).
  • Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, in his 15th season, will make his 17th postseason start in the NFC Divisional round. He has 36 career postseason touchdown passes and can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history with at least 40 career postseason touchdown passes. Rodgers led the Packers to the Super Bowl XLV title in 2010.
  • Houston’s Deshaun Watson will make his second postseason start after leading the Texans to back-to-back AFC South titles. Watson is the first quarterback to have at least 25 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons in NFL history.
  • Buffalo’s Josh Allen will make his debut in the Wild Card round. He became the second-fastest quarterback to reach 15 career rushing touchdowns (22 games) in league annals.
  • Seattle’s Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to the playoffs in seven of his eight seasons and will be making his 14th postseason start on Wild Card Weekend. Wilson led Seattle to a Super Bowl XLVIII win in 2013 and a Super Bowl XLIX appearance in 2014.
  • Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz will make his playoff debut during the Wild Card Round. Wentz broke the Eagles’ single-season franchise-record for passing yards (4,039) in 2019.

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