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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.

2022 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 18.72 False Start penalties per team league wide.

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 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona1725125016918890126
Atlanta1711540742210401210
Baltimore1812600571785089
Buffalo1818830126241190168
Carolina172210409131890099
Chicago17188908101470086
Cincinnati192098091115750510
Cleveland171256021015750114
Dallas19189001533115502110
Denver17231150111218900108
Detroit17147001221574078
Green Bay179450361469086
Houston1719940910231070914
Indianapolis171785071018870810
Jacksonville192110501110209901010
Kansas City197340521677079
Las Vegas17199408111565096
LA Rams1717850981575087
LA Chargers1824115010141261093
Miami18221100715201000713
Minnesota1822106011111575078
New England17209808122110501011
New Orleans17251240151018890108
N.Y. Giants19199107122411901014
N.Y. Jets172210909131155029
Philadelphia1923115019419920811
Pittsburgh1714700592310901211
San Francisco2018860810211040147
Seattle182512509163115401714
Tampa Bay1823114071615750510
Tennessee1723115010132813801117
Washington1717820981365076
Totals2835992946029230759929460307292