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NFL owners to meet about extra-point system

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan on March

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan on March 11, 2013. Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

The NFL's extra-point system might undergo some significant tinkering when owners meet early next week in San Francisco.

Looking to add intrigue to extra points, three rule proposals will be considered by the league's 32 teams. And based on sentiment from the owners meetings in Phoenix in March, there appears to be enough support to make some changes. A rule change requires approval from 24 owners.

The Patriots have proposed a system where the ball is placed at the 15-yard line instead of at the 2, where it is currently placed. Putting the ball at the 15 would make it a 33-yard attempt instead of a 20-yarder. For a two-point conversion attempt, the ball would continue to be placed at the 2-yard line.

The Eagles went a step further proposing not only to push the snap for extra-point kicks back to the 15, but also moving the ball to the 1-yard line for two-point conversions as a way to entice more teams to go for two. The Eagles also propose that the defense can earn two points if it scores a touchdown off a missed extra-point kick or two-point conversion attempt. Two points also would be awarded for a safety.

The competition committee has proposed a rule for the 2015 season only, in which the snap for the PAT kick goes back to the 15, and the two-point conversion attempt remains at the 2. The defense can score two points if it scores a touchdown on a missed kick or conversion attempt. A safety would result in one point.

The owners discussed the possibility of changing the extra-point system during the Phoenix meetings but opted to table the matter until next week's meetings. A vote is expected, and there appears to be strong enough support to make the change that one of the proposals will be adopted.


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