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Goodell: Extra points could go away in NFL

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 21 2014 10:14:20 AM CST
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL Draft

Mike Segar/Reuters

Extra-point attempts might be going away in the NFL.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said there is a proposal under consideration to eliminate the normally routine point-after attempts.

"The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell said, according to NFL.com. "I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (1,256 of 1,261). So it's a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play."

Four of the five failed extra-point tries were blocked.

One proposal being floated as a replacement would be to give seven points for a touchdown with the option to run what is now a two-point conversion play for an eighth point.

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

Goodell did not say when such a change might take place.