Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak (9) attempts an extra point out of the hold of Mike Scifres (5) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Considering Proposal to Eliminate Extra Points

The extra point has become an afterthought int the NFL, and it’s become arguably he most boring play in all of sports. That’s because of it’s predictable nature, as PATs were successfully converted 1,256 of 1,261 times this year.

According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, it’s time in professional football may be coming to an end:

“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said. “I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd. So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play.”

Yes, the NFL is actually considering the elimination of extra points in favor of an automatic seven points on touchdowns if the scoring teams wishes to accept that:

“There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about. It’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six.”

I for one and am for this. It would mean less time between a touchdown score and the ensuing kickoff. With a possible expansion in replay reviews coming, the NFL needs to fins ways to keep the game from extending too long, and eliminating extra points would help balance that out.


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