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NFL Considering A Proposal To Eliminate Extra Points

The idea of eliminating the extra point has come up in recent years as some including Patriots HC Bill Belichick have pointed to the fact that extra points have become almost automatic.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the topic during an interview with Rich Eisen on Monday.

“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. 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.”

Goodell wondered whether or not abolishing the extra point could end up having an inverse effect that would discourage teams from attempting two-point conversions.

The Competition Committee would obviously have to agree to any changes, but it appears as though this could be a topic they at least consider in the coming months.


  • Jack_Reacher

    Move the line of scrimmage back to the 25 or 30 yard line for a kicked PAT. (1 point)

    If team chooses to run/pass for PAT then the line of scrimmage is on the 3 yard line. (2 points)

  • kb

    don’t eliminate it…. theyre still game changers if they are just MOVED BACK 20 YARDS.

  • Jeff Fennell

    How about doing away with the football passing through the airspace of the endzone counting for a TD? The ball must physically occupy and land in the endzone (ground) for a TD to count. None of this waving it through the air or barely breaking the imaginary line. The ball and the player has to come to rest at the end of the play within the endzone for a TD to count.

  • Bern

    Doesn’t sound like a good change, really do not see how this new method would be more exciting. If a change in the scoring/Pts system, I’d prefer to see a TD worth 6 points, then put the ball on the 2 yard line, run or throw it in, worth 1 point. You may try to go for two instead as such. Having placed the ball on the 5 yard line, run or throw it in and it’s worth 2 points. What do yous think?

  • mikepsr

    Don’t allow field goals in overtime! go for or lose it!!!

  • Conor Fay

    Another idea. Since we’re tired of watching 120 lb. dweebs kicking field goals all day, why not just make the teams go for touchdowns and allow field goal attempts only in the last two minutes of each half.

  • Conor Fay

    Even better, get rid of Goodell.

  • SteelCity1981

    why give them the extra point make it 6 points and then the optional 2 point conversation.

  • imcopna2d

    are you stooped, stupid?

  • Grudger

    Lose the xtra point, stop giving 1/2 a touchdown to teams that can’t advance the ball past the 30, give them 3 inside the red zone and fewer points every 10 yards short of that. Play BALL!

  • James Kearns

    why don’t you just forget about punting too just let them have the ball until they score or turn it over omg leave the game alone

  • bobby womack

    roger cares about injuries but he wants to change a play where nobody ever injured to add excitement to the game

  • A. Hamilton

    Do it the way it was originally done, and is still done in Rugby today. You must kick it from the spot where you scored the touchdown.

    • rico

      I agree! I didn’t know it was originally done that way

  • tacho

    Instead of eliminating the extra point change it. Have the place kicker attempt extra point by the drop kick no place holder. The ball is centered to the kicker he drops the ball and as it hits the ground he kicks it hoping it goes through the goal poles. This will not make it an automatic point because it will not be that easy. He will have the defense charging to block it. Imagine the pressure on the kicker. If he doesn’t kick it through its only six points. The only change is no holder. Mr. Goodell chew on this idea.

    • Badger1969

      Drop kicking isn’t that difficult. In the early years players drop kicked field goals 45-50 yards.

  • Suspector

    .” So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play.”

    excitement eh?…then why don’t you move the kick off back 10 yds so there isnt a touchback on almost every kickoff…

  • Kick

    If you do anything with it move it back further.

  • trysr67 .

    Roger, please stop trying to tweak the game and focus on getting your refs to make the proper calls like holding against th WR. Better yet how about addiing two more refs on the field of play so the guy thirty yards away who had a poor angle or was just to slow to keep up those young athletes doesn’t feel obligated to make a bad decision. Now thats thought provoking!!!!!

  • Jillie

    Why? This is stupid…just keep it the way it is. Why do they have to keep changing…and why would the players want to run around and miss and lose a point…it makes absolutely no sense….are these guys pickled from so much alcohol???

  • IDK00

    This has to be one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Is Roger really that damn stupid?

  • Terry Roberts

    They are always messing with something. Leave the game alone and let football happen. So what if they are automatic, there’s always that chance of a miss.

    • SteveDay

      Exactly, and the fact that he said that there were FIVE missed ones this year is proof alone that it isn’t automatic, right?

  • Guest

    Adam Gase only looks good because of Peyton. If Manning wins the Super Bowl and retires, hire him as head coach.

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