The NFL is looking to add excitement and a little drama to post-touchdown choices. Among the potentially significant changes in NFL for the 2014-15 season–besides going high tech with Microsoft–is the new extra point length. The extra point has been moved back to about a 33-yarder from its previous 19-yard spot.
The extra point has long been a foregone conclusion in NFL games. NFL kickers made 99.6% of their attempts last season. But if the extra point becomes less of a sure thing, it may change to decision making process for a coach thinking about a two-point conversion instead. The problem is that NFL kickers are pretty efficient from 33-yards too. This weekend’s Hall of Fame game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants was the first of the season with the new extra point distance in place. The Giants won 17-13. All three extra points were right down the middle.