Is the NFL Going to Abolish the Extra Point?

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 21 2014 5:46 PM

Is the NFL Going to Abolish the Extra Point?

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Is the extra point a dying art?

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It’s thinking about it. So said NFL Commish Roger Goodell to NFL.com on Monday. But, why would the league change its ceremonial extra point kicks? For the exact reason you’d expect—no one ever misses them anymore. "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.” That’s right, FIVE misses in an entire season. According to the NFL, the success rate over the past decade is 99.1 percent.

But what would replace the extra point? "There's one proposal in particular that I've heard about," Goodell said. "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." Obviously, they’re still working on the details.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.