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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 13.44 False Start penalties per team league wide.

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 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona12167906101046046
Atlanta12199401181780089
Baltimore12126105716790313
Buffalo12167908818890513
Carolina12178109819940109
Chicago12157201051362058
Cincinnati127350162713201215
Cleveland1210500641049055
Dallas1215690961575069
Denver1214710861469059
Detroit1215700105943045
Green Bay12730025945045
Houston1211500831365076
Indianapolis1315750871566096
Jacksonville1222109017519950127
Kansas City12147001041259066
Las Vegas1216780881259075
LA Rams128380531785089
LA Chargers121470086735034
Miami13199501181573069
Minnesota1213610211945054
New England1311550561365067
New Orleans12178501161046019
N.Y. Giants121260066731025
N.Y. Jets129400451261066
Philadelphia13126004813640310
Pittsburgh121363094201000155
San Francisco1213650761050055
Seattle12839053840053
Tampa Bay1214690591260057
Tennessee1212600751571096
Washington1214650771465077
Totals1944302098023219843020980198232