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.

2020 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 2.63 False Start penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona3420022420031
Atlanta3525032735061
Baltimore215010210011
Buffalo331002115001
Carolina331500315001
Chicago3315003210002
Cincinnati3630033420013
Cleveland342003115001
Dallas3420013420022
Denver3210011315030
Detroit3315012210002
Green Bay315010310003
Houston331501215001
Indianapolis31501000000
Jacksonville3210011315003
Kansas City242001315010
Las Vegas31500100000
LA Rams315010315012
LA Chargers3210011735043
Miami31501025011
Minnesota341504015001
New England300000419013
New Orleans315010210020
N.Y. Giants331503015010
N.Y. Jets300000210011
Philadelphia3315030315030
Pittsburgh300000420022
San Francisco3315012315021
Seattle3734043420022
Tampa Bay3420004315021
Tennessee3420031315012
Washington315001315003
Totals4784409044408440904044
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