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NFL to consider abolishing the extra point

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NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell has said today that the NFL competition committee will consider abolishing the extra point.

The point after touchdown kick has become too easy according to the NFL's chief:

"The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell said. "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 was talking to Rich Eisen of the NFL Network in an interview to be aired Monday evening. The Commissioner outlined a plan whereby you score seven points for a touchdown and either go for an eight point by running or passing into the endzone again or fail and score six points. 

Critics of the extra point have long said that it creates no drama and is far too easy. Other ideas in past years have included narrowing the goalpost to make all kicking harder and to move extra points back five or 10 yards to make it a 25 or 30 yard kick.

It is thought that bringing in any of these rule changes would encourage more teams to attempt a two-point conversion rather than the straight forward extra point.

The Minnesota Vikings were the only team last season to miss an extra point, however the Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars all had attempts blocked.

There were eight teams this year that failed to attempt a two-point conversion.

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