False Start

Definition

It is a False Start if the ball has been placed ready for play, and, prior to the snap, an offensive player who has assumed a set position charges or moves in such a way as to simulate the start of a play, or if an offensive player who is in motion makes a sudden movement toward the line of scrimmage. Any quick abrupt movement by a single offensive player, or by several offensive players in unison, which simulates the start of the snap, is a false start. Exceptions: This does not apply to an offensive player under the center who turns his head or shoulders, unless the movement is an obvious attempt to draw an opponent offside.

Outcome

Loss of five yards from the line of scrimmage. The foul is enforced prior to the snap.

2013 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 16.56 False Start penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona161991012719900118
Atlanta16198605141470095
Baltimore16281390161218850612
Buffalo161567096219901110
Carolina1710500551365049
Chicago16945054940045
Cincinnati1718890991258048
Cleveland162412001311945072
Dallas1617850413221080913
Denver19178501341468086
Detroit161259075201000812
Green Bay171464012218900612
Houston16199508112612301511
Indianapolis1812600751365049
Jacksonville162110501471574087
Kansas City17209501372512111312
St. Louis1614680771152029
Miami1610490731050064
Minnesota16136507616800610
New England1812560751569096
New Orleans18167705111152056
N.Y. Giants16840044201000128
N.Y. Jets16167801061675197
Oakland1622105161619950712
Philadelphia1716800882010001010
Pittsburgh161150056201000812
San Diego18231150121118840612
San Francisco19211050111019910712
Seattle19281370131517840125
Tampa Bay161785141319930118
Tennessee1610490462211001111
Washington1619840136942072
Totals2675302578227525553025782255275
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