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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 1.28 False Start penalties per team league wide.

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 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona129002210002
Atlanta1314030420040
Baltimore115001315003
Buffalo115010210020
Carolina11501015010
Chicago11500100000
Cincinnati100000525050
Cleveland100000210002
Dallas115001210002
Denver10000000000
Detroit10000015010
Green Bay100000210002
Houston121002015010
Indianapolis10000015010
Jacksonville115001210002
Kansas City121002000000
Las Vegas131503015010
LA Rams10000015010
LA Chargers100000210002
Miami11500100000
Minnesota152500500000
New England10000015010
New Orleans121002000000
N.Y. Giants10000000000
N.Y. Jets11500115001
Philadelphia1420004314003
Pittsburgh121000215001
San Francisco11500100000
Seattle11500100000
Tampa Bay121002015010
Tennessee121002029020
Washington121002000000
Totals1641203020214120302120