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NFL moves extra point back to 15-yard line

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The NFL will be fundamentally changing the most boring play in the game. According to Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, the owners voted to move the extra point back to the fifteen-yard line. In addition, the two-point play will stay at the two-yard line but can now be returned by the defense for two of their own points.

The extra point has been pretty much useless for as long as I can remember, so that's good. Misses are so rare that PATs are little more than perfunctory movements right before a commercial break. I'm not sure that moving the PAT back is the best way to fix that -- but hey, it'll sure bring some excitement. And it will make kickers a whole lot more valuable: a 33-yard field goal is high-percentage, but not guaranteed -- it's closer to 80%.

This should lead to more two-point plays, which is probably a good thing for the excitement in the game. And it'll give coaches who don't know game management more opportunities to mess up. But I'm just going to wait for the outcry when a game or (worse) a crucial playoff spot is decided by someone missing an extra point. Now that controversy is going to be fun -- as long as the Bucs aren't on the losing end of that stick, that is.