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.

2014 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 19.13 False Start penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona172210901662411901212
Atlanta161995012718911711
Baltimore1817850982713001116
Buffalo1620990614251210187
Carolina18211060714231090914
Chicago16271341121518890810
Cincinnati172110001110211000912
Cleveland161994111817850107
Dallas1817800892512101114
Denver172099181220930128
Detroit171466077221100814
Green Bay18178107101570078
Houston16157501051467095
Indianapolis19251210131216800115
Jacksonville1694503619940910
Kansas City16209101281470077
St. Louis162198011102411401212
Miami16201000119945027
Minnesota161890013519950109
New England19241170131119950127
New Orleans1611550471570069
N.Y. Giants1620100091116790610
N.Y. Jets161887012619931127
Oakland16189005132914001217
Philadelphia16189007112713501710
Pittsburgh17188601171050137
San Diego1617790891783098
San Francisco1614640113221000616
Seattle1934165020141461095
Tampa Bay161884099221070715
Tennessee16188506121470077
Washington16221060111118900117
Totals2676122976331329961229763299313
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