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NFL extra points: Roger Goodell considering abolishing them from the game

The extra point is something that has been a staple in football games for just about as long as anyone can remember, but it may be no more. ESPN reported on Jan. 20, 2014, that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is seriously contemplating getting rid of the extra point entirely from the game.

Could extra points be a thing of the past in the NFL?

There is indeed talk, and it seems rather strong, that the point-after-attempt (PAT) will soon be a thing of the past.

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"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."

Goodell has said there are still some obstacles in the way and nothing is cemented in place yet, but there are some ideas as to how it all could work.

The NFL commissioner proposed that touchdowns would now be worth seven points instead of just six. Teams could attempt an extra play for a two-point conversion to possibly get to eight points. If they fail on that attempt though, they would go back to six points.

Goodell wondered, "Is that going to discourage people from going for two?"

With extra points becoming virtually automatic, Goodell wants there to be change and to make the game even more challenging for teams.

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