Tuesday, May 19, 2015
NFL Changes Point After Rule
As expected, NFL owners on Tuesday voted 30-2 to approve a change in the rule governing extra points after touchdowns.
The owners considered three proposals, but ultimately approved a rule change endorsed by the competition committee. The new rule pushes the kick back to the 15-yard line and leaves the two-point conversion at the 2-yard line.
It also makes the play "live," meaning the defense could return a blocked kick or a turnover on a two-point play for two points.
The New England Patriots proposed snapping the ball from the 15 for a one-point kick, or placing the ball at the 2-yard line for a 2-point try. According to the Patriots' proposal, a team's choice was not final and was subject to change following a timeout or penalty.
The Philadelphia Eagles proposed snapping from the 15 for the kick, but moving the ball to the 1 for a 2-point conversion. The Eagles also wanted the defense to be able to score points if it returned a turnover on the 2-point conversion to the other end zone.
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith pointed to the high rate of success of extra points as a reason for the change.
The vote was 30-2. Washington and Oakland voted no. The rule change will be reviewed after one year.
NFL place-kickers have converted at least 98 percent of their extra points since 2000. That figure has hovered above 99 percent since 2010, providing little incentive to go for two-point plays. Coaches attempted them after just 4.9 percent of touchdowns last season; they were converted at a rate of 47.5 percent
There were 41 field goal-attempts last season from 33 yards. Only two were missed. The conversion rate for 33-yard field goals over the past five seasons is 92.8 percent (154-of-166). Extra-point kicks are currently from the 2-yard line.