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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.

2021 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 2.81 False Start penalties per team league wide.

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 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona2419022416022
Atlanta2629033525041
Baltimore2210011315003
Buffalo2314012420022
Carolina2315030315030
Chicago252504115010
Cincinnati215001945054
Cleveland200000315012
Dallas215001525005
Denver2315003315003
Detroit2210002210011
Green Bay215010420022
Houston231502115010
Indianapolis21501015010
Jacksonville2420031525032
Kansas City221002015001
Las Vegas2525032210011
LA Rams200000210011
LA Chargers2315030210002
Miami231502129020
Minnesota2731007210002
New England21500115010
New Orleans2420022210002
N.Y. Giants242000415001
N.Y. Jets215001210011
Philadelphia2525014314003
Pittsburgh2315012315021
San Francisco21500115001
Seattle231402115010
Tampa Bay2315030420040
Tennessee2315021418022
Washington2315030420040
Totals3290442045459044204545