NFL might consider doing away with the extra points

Jan 21, 2014

AFC Championship - New England Patriots v Denver Broncos

Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots kicks an extra point in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. ; Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Some fans call it the most boring part of a NFL game and apparently, the league’s commissioner agrees.

In an interview with the NFL Network yesterday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is looking into potentially eliminating the post-touchdown extra point.

“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell told the network. “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.”

Goodell said the league’s Competition Committee is looking at proposals that would replace the extra point kicks. No word, though, on when a new point system might kick in.

What do you think of the post-touchdown point attempt? Boring? Automatic? Or a tradition that should not be toyed with?


Jay Busbee, writer for Yahoo! Sports


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