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

Penalties By Week

Note: Offsetting and Declined penalties are ignored, except where specified.

WeekGamesTotal CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
11638187251300
21629144151400
31637183191800
41549246212800
5142612817900
61538189142400
71542207261600
8132612971900
91325124131200
101431154161500
111441201231800
121626123131300
131441204182300
Totals191449221922722200

Penalties By Week - Per Game

Note: Offsetting and Declined penalties are ignored, except where specified.

WeekGamesTotal CountPenalty YardsHomeAwayDeclinedOffsetting
1162.3811.691.560.8100
2161.8190.940.8800
3162.3111.441.191.1300
4153.2716.41.41.8700
5141.869.141.210.6400
6152.5312.60.931.600
7152.813.81.731.0700
81329.920.541.4600
9131.929.5410.9200
10142.21111.141.0700
11142.9314.361.641.2900
12161.637.690.810.8100
13142.9314.571.291.6400
Totals19130.58151.1515.3815.1900
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