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NFL Mulling the Elimination of Extra Point Kicks

January 21st, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
A proposal under consideration by the NFL would eliminate extra points as they're known.
 
Commissioner Roger Goodell said he envisions a time when extra points no longer exist. Once a true test of skill, such kicks are now all but automatic; only five out of 1,183 were missed in 2013.
 
'2012 Buffalo Bills Training Camp' photo (c) 2012, Doug Kerr - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
 
Instead, Goodell sees touchdowns being worth seven points. Teams could opt, though, to gain an eighth point in an after-touchdown attempt similar to a two-point conversion. If that failed, the team would only get six points.
"Are there any plays in the game that really are not consequential? You want to add excitement with every play," said Goodell, who added he'd want to be careful implementing a scoring change.
Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter made all 32 extra points he attempted in 2013. The last missed extra point by the Bills came off the foot of Rian Lindell in 2010.
 
The matter may come up when the NFL Competition Committee meets in March.
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