NFL Announces Extra Point Will Be Pushed Back to 15-Yard Line

May 19, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

NFL owners voted Tuesday to approve sweeping changes to the league's extra-point rules, which could cause a widespread increase in two-point conversion attempts beginning in 2015.
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, announced the change. Under the new rule, teams can choose to attempt a standard extra point from the 15-yard line or go for two points from the 2-yard line. Defenses can now record a safety in the event of a turnover, similar to college football's rule.   
The league's competition committee originally discussed the rule change in March. The Oakland Raiders and Washington voted against it, Bob Glauber of Newsday reported at the time, but all other franchises were in favor. League rules mandate 24 of the 32 owners vote "yes" on a proposal for it to pass. 
Changing the extra-point rule is largely about increasing the excitement in what had become an almost unnecessary play. In 2014, kickers converted 99.3 percent of ...

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