When the NFL decided to test out a new position for extra points during the first couple weeks of the 2014 NFL preseason, the biggest hope was that it would make extra points less of a sure thing after touchdown.
On Friday night, the NFL, and its fans, saw just how less of a sure thing the extra point is from the new placement at the 15 yard line.
After the Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin hauled in a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Anderson in the early second quarter of the Panthers’ game against the Buffalo Bills, Carolina kicker Jordan Gay trotted out onto the field for the point after attempt.
Gay then pushed the ball just to the right of the upright, keeping the Bills within a field goal by a score of 6-3.
As of this posting, the Bills lead the Panthers 13-6 at half time, though, at one point, it was a 74-10 Bills lead.
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Mike’s Musings: It doesn’t seem like many do, but you can count me as one of those who LOVES the placement of the extra point attempt. I hated that it always seemed like the PAT was a sure thing. This adds suspense to every kick, and really could help decide games, which, to me, leads to more excitement.