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Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mark Simoneau (R) misses a point after touchdown as the Eagles Koy Detmer (10) holds against the Oakland Raiders in Philadelphia, September 25, 2005. Simoneau was kicking to replace the Eagles David Akers who injured his leg on the opening kick-off but returned to kick the game winning field goal, beating Oakland 23-20. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer - RTR11B5V Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mark Simoneau (R) misses a point after touchdown as the Eagles Koy Detmer (10) holds against the Oakland Raiders in Philadelphia, September 25, 2005. Simoneau was kicking to replace the Eagles David Akers who injured his leg on the opening kick-off but returned to kick the game winning field goal, beating Oakland 23-20. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer - RTR11B5V  

NFL might move back the point after touchdown kick

The NFL is considering moving back the line of scrimmage for the extra point after a touchdown kick. It currently is at the two-yard line — same as the line for the two point conversion.

Since the kick has a 99.6 percent completion rate, the competition committee thinks that moving it back will make the game more exciting. It would take the kick from being around a 15-yard kick to being a 42-yard kick. The two point conversion would remain at the two-yard line, reports ESPN.

Retired kicker Morten Andersen thinks it is a great idea. The NFL veteran, who played for 26 years, told Sporting News that it could improve the games. He said it would be interesting to see, “what players and coaches think strategy wise versus going for two closer to the end zone. … It might make play more exciting.”

Two-point conversions have around a 50 percent completion rate, but moving the scrimmage line for kicks could prompt more teams to take the risk, especially if they don’t have a strong kicker.

Goodell has also considered eliminating the extra point all together.

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