This week the NFL owners approved a rule change to move the extra point kick from the 2 yard line to the 15, along with allowing the defense to score off of turnovers during these PAT attempts.
This change makes the extra point a 32 yard field goal instead of a 19 yard one, and as Billy Cundiff proved it is not always an easy make (sorry Ravens fans). After hearing the rule change I was a little skeptical about the change, I like football the way it is and I was worried that the extra point could impact the game too much. Can you imagine if your team is an extra point away from tying the game after a late 4th quarter drive and the kicker misses the PAT?
As a Patriots fan I am not too worried about this but for some teams this is a legitimate concern. However, once I started to think about it, I realized how great this change is because it makes the games just that much more crazy and intense. In the NFL, most games come down to last minute drives and decisions by the quarterback or coach that win or lose a game. What makes the NFL great is that anything can happen during each play and these changes only add to that, if only a little bit.
Where I see this making the most impact is in bad weather games when a team needs to decide if they should risk taking the extra point attempt in the elements or try and go for two. As well as a team might need to go for the two point conversion because they missed a PAT earlier in the game.
Either way I hope this leads to more two point attempts because seeing the offense go out there and try to score is much more exciting and suspenseful than the kicking team doing it.