The National Football League’s Competition Committee is in preliminary talks about moving the ball to the 25-yard line for point-after-touchdown attempts, forcing teams to make 42-yard kicks, according to NFL.com.
Teams scoring touchdowns now get the ball on the two-yard-line with the option of kicking it for one point or running or passing for two. The two-point option, which has been used in college football since 1958, was adopted by the NFL in 1994.
With the ball currently spotted at the 2-yard line, kickers attempt 19-yard conversions. Last season, teams missed only five of 1,267 attempts, or a 99.6 percent success rate. The conversion rate from 40 to 49 yards for field-goal tries was 83 percent.
“The extra point is almost automatic,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a January interview with the league-owned NFL Network. “You want to add excitement with every play so there have been some proposals.”
Goodell said one change the league has considered is doing away with point-after kicks entirely and awarding seven points for a touchdown. Teams then would be given the option to run or pass for an eighth point, with a failed attempt lowering the value of their touchdown to six.
There isn’t a consensus on what type of change will be made and it might lead to experimentation during the preseason, NFL.com said, citing a member of the committee it didn’t identify.
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