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Extra Points in NFL Just Got Tougher

They'll be snapped from the 15 instead of the 2
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 19, 2015 5:39 PM CDT
Extra Points in NFL Just Got Tougher
Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka kicks the extra point after a touchdown by Marshawn Lynch in Super Bowl. It will be a little harder next season.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(Newser) – A big change for the NFL: The league is moving back extra-point kicks to make them more challenging. The owners today approved the competition committee's proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line, instead from the 2. In recent seasons, kickers have made more than 99% of the kicks. If teams opt instead to go for a 2-point conversion, they'll face another challenge. The ball will be snapped from the 2-yard-line, but under new rules adopted today, the defending team can now return a turnover to the other end zone and claim the 2 points. (Read more NFL stories.)

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