NFL could eliminate extra point

Oct 26, 2013; London, United Kingdom; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is interviewed by media at the Commissioners Fan Forum at the Landmark Hotel in advance of the International Series game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick may be a very happy man. It wasn’t too long ago that Belichick was voicing his wishes to have the NFL eliminate the extra point and come up with something more exciting, and now NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is saying that the league is considering a proposal that would abolish the point after.

“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said, via NFL.com. “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.”

Of course, NFL owners would need to approve of the proposal and they may not want to make such a big change. If they do, plenty of people that don’t kick a football for a living will be very happy.

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