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Extra Points could turn into a 42 yard field goal attempt

Today the NFL Competition Committee discussed experimenting this preseason with a longer — much longer — extra-point try. According to one member, the committee’s meetings this weekend included preliminary talks about placing the ball at the 25-yard line for the extra-point kick — which would make it a 42-yard attempt — rather than the 2-yard line, where it is currently placed.

This is good for some teams that play in a dome, but if a team plays in the snow they might be forced to go for two on bad weather games.

Last season, kickers missed just five of 1,267 extra-point attempts, a conversion rate of 99.6 percent — so good that the extra point has become almost automatic, leading Commissioner Roger Goodell to recently suggest its demise could be imminent. A longer extra-point try certainly would make things more interesting and require significantly more strategizing. The conversion rate of field goals between 40 and 49 yards last season was 83 percent.

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