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NFL considers getting rid of PAT

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And here comes the kicking team to attempt the point after. The kick it up, and it's good and Team A is up 7-0. The PAT is probably the most un-entertaining play in football, as it has become about as automatic as the kneel down when time is running out.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told the NFL Network over the weekend that the league is considering getting rid of the PAT all together.

"The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell told NFL 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."

For most everyone, a touchdown is seven points, even though technically it's only six, and the PAT will assure that extra point. But unless a team is going for two, the PAT seems like a pretty worthless play, and the league seems to agree.

As for what could also change if the PAT is abolished, Goodell said one option would be that the touchdown itself would be worth the full seven points, while the 2-point conversion play, would count as an extra point, if a team wants to make it an 8-point play. However, if the conversion fails, the team would only get six points, which is the same as scoring a touchdown today, and failing the 2-point conversion.

"Is that going to discourage people from going for two?" questioned Goodell.

What say you football fans, are you in agreement with getting rid of the PAT?

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