Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Definition

Any person (usually a player but occasionally a coach and very rarely one or more spectators) acts or speaks in a manner deemed to be intentionally harmful or especially objectionable by the game officials, or by rule. Unsportsmanlike conduct is a non-contact foul; if contact is involved it becomes a personal foul. Examples include verbal abuse of officials, and taunting, which, since 2004 in the NFL, has included any "prolonged and premeditated celebrations" by players.

Some Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties, such as Taunting, get "upgraded" to their own category. Unsportsmanlike Conduct is also often confused with Unnecessary Roughness

Outcome

15 yards. If committed by the defense, automatic first down.

2009 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 1.66 Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona18345312341112
Atlanta16115001452031
Baltimore18450022228011
Buffalo1633802100000
Carolina1600000115010
Chicago16115010115001
Cincinnati1711511000100
Cleveland16219111221120
Dallas1800100345112
Denver16575132115001
Detroit16230002230020
Green Bay170000015010
Houston1600100110110
Indianapolis19223002457140
Jacksonville1611501000000
Kansas City1611501000100
St. Louis1600100115110
San Diego17230020345103
Miami16115010222020
Minnesota180000000000
New England17227011115010
New Orleans19345121458222
N.Y. Giants1600200460104
N.Y. Jets1900000115001
Oakland16561023221011
Philadelphia17460222345212
Pittsburgh160000000000
San Francisco16226002115010
Seattle1600000115001
Tampa Bay16334003230011
Tennessee16230011223011
Washington16345012115001
Totals2675372814252853728142825
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