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.

2016 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 14.16 False Start penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona12115206516800124
Atlanta1213640941574069
Baltimore12115505614700113
Buffalo1263002418900612
Carolina1211550561469095
Chicago12168009715740510
Cincinnati1214700861260084
Cleveland12168006101365076
Dallas1211550381575078
Denver1214690771469077
Detroit1214650681260075
Green Bay128400351045028
Houston1252404118900117
Indianapolis12188901171365076
Jacksonville12136605817790710
Kansas City132311409141574087
Los Angeles12199309101365049
Miami1294505419950811
Minnesota12168001511155047
New England12157501141049055
New Orleans12157407814700104
N.Y. Giants1294503615730510
N.Y. Jets1212600210735052
Oakland13209909111470086
Philadelphia1222105013917850611
Pittsburgh12168008817850710
San Diego121572078231140716
San Francisco1210500551048073
Seattle12199408111470068
Tampa Bay1214700951469068
Tennessee12157409617830107
Washington122311501112734061
Totals1934532239022922445322390224229
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