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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 4.56 False Start penalties per team league wide.

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 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona4525032315021
Atlanta4315012420022
Baltimore442002215010
Buffalo4630024630015
Carolina4210011525041
Chicago4735043420031
Cincinnati4735034210011
Cleveland4420013210020
Dallas494507211550101
Denver4840044420022
Detroit4525050315030
Green Bay4210011524032
Houston4420031840026
Indianapolis4420013630033
Jacksonville4420013420022
Kansas City415001210011
Las Vegas4629024415022
LA Rams3525032525032
LA Chargers4520032420031
Miami4315021315021
Minnesota4315003525014
New England4419004420022
New Orleans4630042629042
N.Y. Giants4315021630042
N.Y. Jets4315003210002
Philadelphia4525032523014
Pittsburgh4315021630042
San Francisco3420004315012
Seattle4420022630042
Tampa Bay4734025630006
Tennessee4525023629033
Washington4523023525023
Totals631467200687814672007868