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 R.I.P. The Point After Touchdown. 
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL Network's Rich Eisen on Monday that the league's Competition Committee might eventually abolish the time-tested point after touchdown in favor of a brand-new scoring system.

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

"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."

Extra points -- with a 99.1 percent success rate since 2004 -- have become an afterthought. Unless you're up against Lawrence Taylor in Tecmo Bowl, there's virtually zero drama attached to the point after. Taylor's old coach Bill Belichick has often opined about about how unnecessary the extra point feels.

Goodell said "some issues" stand in the way of a change, asking: "Is that going to discourage people from going for two?"

We doubt it. Teams inclined to go for the deuce will continue to do so in situations that call for an eight-point score -- with the same potential consequences. Traditionalists might disagree, but this is a good idea long overdue.

Well, unless you're a kicker.


January 20th, 2014, 6:30 pm
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"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."


Makes sense to me. Either you get an automatic extra point, or you can elect to take your chances for two.


January 21st, 2014, 10:52 am
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Why not move it back? Kickers these days are very efficient from < 30 yards; make it a 30-35 yarder for the extra point & make the 2 pointer from 5-10 yards.

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January 21st, 2014, 11:20 am
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Post Re: R.I.P. The Point After Touchdown.
I don't hate the idea totally but why does Goodell feel like he needs to take the game of football during his reign of terror and turn it into a game that pretty soon won't look anything like football? If the extra point were automatic we wouldn't have seen the first time ever that neither team attempted an extra point like we did in the Philly game. As much as the outcome wasn't what I would have liked it was another level of excitement watching the teams try for those two points in that weather instead of attempting the extra point. If it was automatic each team simply would have taken the point on all those plays. If grey want they can move it back to say the twenty and make it a 37 yard attempt. At that distance it isn't overly difficult but it isn't a gimme. There would be enough pushes and pulls to make it interesting, just think of how many good PATs have just snuck inside tthe uprights and would likely be misses from just a little further out.


January 21st, 2014, 5:49 pm
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