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NFL considering a proposal that would eliminate extra points

The NFL is looking into removing PATs. Per a proposal, all touchdowns would be worth seven points and if a team wanted to go for two, they can. However, failure to convert the two-point play drops the touchdown to six points.

Jason Miller

The NFL is considering a proposal that would abolish extra points.

Wait, what?

More like revised scoring system, for the less dramatic.

"The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell said via "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."

So punish excellence by removing the play entirely? What nonsense is this. Can't be a safety issue, no one really tries (maybe that's the point). Remove kickoff returns instead. Since open-mindedness is a virtue I hold with complete pride, I'll bite. What's the alternative.

"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."

Essentially, it's just that. You get the seventh point on a touchdown, but risk losing a point on a failed two-point conversion. One could think that job security for place kickers would lessen, but since field goals would still have an application in the NFL (and since field goal kickers also kick point after touchdowns), that's not it.

Maybe this isn't a bad idea.