The extra point is now a forgone conclusion in the NFL, especially with over 1,200 attempts made last season and only five being unsuccessful.

It pretty much says it all when even the commentary on popular video games like Madden have the announcer say "This should be what we call, a given."

Being down by six with just seconds left in the game often means that teams aim for the touchdown and then celebrate the win if they get it cause lets face it, no-one expects to miss the PAT.

One man who voiced his thoughts on the PAT back in January was New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick said: "It's virtually automatic. That's just not the way the extra point was put into the game. It was an extra point that you actually had to execute and it was executed by players who were not specialists, they were position players."

He went on to claim that: "I would be in favor of not seeing it be an over 99 percent conversion rate,"

Its a play that most people don't even see as a challenge anymore and the NFL is trying hard to address that.

Ideas have been thrown around for a long time about how to give the PAT a jolt of life once again but often it comes down to two main options.

Either the league can abolish the PAT all together, meaning that getting the ball into the end-zone is an automatic seven points.

An idea I'm not fond of cause I think there should be a little something extra to challenge the team who have just scored.

Or there is the recently announced plan B where they could extend PAT attempts by about 20 yards and see them rise to 40+ yard efforts.

I like the sound of this given that over 99% of PAT attempts were successful last year but only 83% of field goal attempts ranging from 40-49 yards went through the posts.

On Monday it was announced that the NFL Competition Committee were in preliminary talks to discuss placing the ball on the 25-yard-line in order to make the PAT less of a forgone conclusion.

With 83% of field goal tries from the suggested distance made, the odds are still good for the kickers of the NFL to add to their points tally, but perhaps it does make coaches think twice about their play calls in the fourth quarter.

NFL kickers are currently the best they have ever been and a simple 20 yard chip shot for an extra point is clearly not challenging enough for them.

Is lets say, a 43-yard attempt a big enough challenge for them? possibly the extension of the attempt would be something for coaches more than players in my opinion.

If there is a kicker who isn't having a good season but he's all you have, do you want to give him that kick that may just put you ahead by four meaning the other team has just a few seconds to score a touchdown?

Well it would certainly make the game more intriguing and put a bit more strategy into the scoring of a touchdown.

Of course everyone still loves a two point try so I'm left wondering, would that have to take place at the 25-yard-line too or would that remain at the 2-yard-line?

I don't know how they would plan to resolve this part of the ruling but the idea of the PAT taking place within the 40-50 yard line region of the field would be far more exciting to me.

Who knows what will come after the NFL Competition Committee makes its final decision but one thing is clear, the league needs to bring some much needed life to this pretty deceased play.

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