NFL Considers Eliminating Extra Point After Touchdown

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The NFL may do away with the extra point that currently follows a touchdown.

The NFL commissioner is mulling the possibility of a new scoring system. He says the current system may be too easy, and a new system could liven things up.

"The extra point is almost automatic," Roger Goodell said on "NFL Total Access" Monday night. "I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd [attempts]."

According to, extra points have had a 99.1 percent success rate since 2004.

Goodell said there's a proposal that would award a team seven points automatically for scoring a touchdown, with a chance for an eighth point if the team opts to try getting into the end zone for a conversion.

Under this proposal, if the team were to go for the eighth point and miss, they would be penalized by losing a point--only getting six points for the touchdown.

One potential drawback, Goodell said, would be if the new system discouraged teams from going for two.

The commissioner noted that many proposals are passed along to a committee, and only a few are ever passed. So it still remains to be seen if the NFL will make this change.

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