Goodell: NFL could get rid of extra points
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested on Monday that one of the game's most boring plays will be completely abolished. "The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell said. "I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd. So it's a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play."
Goodell's preliminary proposal would have a touchdown count as seven points. If a team wanted to go for a two-point conversion, they could try from the current spot, the two-yard line. If they get it, they would get eight points, but if they miss, they would get only six. It is essentially the real life version of classic arcade game NFL Blitz, for those of you who grew up in the 1990's and early 2000's.
The extra point is admittedly boring and nearly pointless, but as Goodell pointed out himself, there were five instances this season in which the team did not convert a point after attempt, and there are plenty of times when one point has an effect on the outcome of a game. There were two games in 2003 (CAR/TB and NO/JAX) in which a missed extra point had a huge impact on the game - it is rare, but it happens.
Personally, I don't see a reason to get rid of extra point attempts. It's the way the game has always been played, and while it does not really add any excitement to the game, it doesn't take any away either. That being said, I won't be particularly upset if the NFL eventually gets rid of it.