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NFL: Eliminate Extra Points? Goodell Says It No Longer Adds Excitement

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By Michael Mullins   |  

Could the NFL eliminate extra points?

That is the question being asked after National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell alluded to the possible game change when asked about it by NFL.com's Rich Eisen on Monday's edition of NFL Total Access.

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"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."

"There's one proposal in particular that I've heard about," Goodell continued. "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."

Presently, an extra point is kicked from the 10 yard line outside the opposing team’s end zone after one team scores a touchdown. If necessary, teams can also go for a two-point conversion, which the NFL adopted in 1994, where the scoring team lines up on the opposing team’s two yard line and has one play in which they can attempt to cross the goal line with the ball.

According to NFL.com, teams have a 99.1 percent rate of successfully kicking an extra point since 2004, making the score nearly automatic as Goodell suggested.

Goodell was careful not to show too much of his hand during the interview, telling Eisen that at the end the decision will be made by the NFL committee, which is comprised of eight members chosen from the ranks of the NFL teams' head coaches and managers.

"We often get a lot of ideas that are thrown out, the committee will look at all of them and decide what is worthy of further consideration," Goodell said.

"You want to be careful there," Goodell added. "Is that going to discourage teams from going for two, and we want to make sure that we look at all of that."

Though the field goal and kickoff will remain, the possibility of eliminating the extra point has some worried, specifically Jacksonville Jaguars’ kicker Josh Scobee, who tells NBC Sports that such a move could lead to the elimination of "eventually the kicker altogether."

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