NFL Approves Moving Extra-Point to 15-Yard Line
The NFL has been looking for a way to make the point after a touchdown more interesting, and it appears as though they have finally come to a conclusion:
Beginning in 2015, the extra-point after a touchdown will be pushed back to the 15-yard line, while two-point conversions will remain at the two-yard line. They will also allow plays to remain “live,” which means the defense can now return a blocked kick or turnover for two-points of their own.
Here’s the announcement via the Twitter account of the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating, Dean Blandino:
The extra point rule for 2015 just changed. Snap for kick from the 15-yard line, 2-pt try stays at 2-yard line and defense can return.
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) May 19, 2015
Will these changes have a dramatic effect on the game? Probably not, considering the fact that kickers in 2014 still made 39 of the 41 field-goal attempts from the new extra-point location of 33-yards out—which works out to be a 95.1% success rate. But I guess we won’t know exactly how this rule will affect NFL games until we see it in action next season.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]