NFL American Football team owners approved a Competition Committee’s proposal on extra points for the 2015 season, writes nfl.com.
The NFL announced the extra point will now be kicked from the 15-yard line as opposed to within the 10-yard line, with two-point conversions remaining at the 2-yard line.
The new rule also gives the defense the ability to score two points on returns.
According to the rule change, if the defense returns a blocked extra point or failed two-point try for a touchdown (i.e. on an interception), they will be awarded two points, writes nfl.com.
Under the previous rule, on a failed try, the ball was a “dead ball” and could not be moved.
NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino said teams could change their attempt decision if a penalty occurs.
Owners considered a proposal by the New England Patriots similar to the adopted plan, but without the defense’s ability to score. A plan proposed by the Philadelphia Eagles called for a 15-yard Point After Touchdown (PAT) and the ball on the 1-yard line for two-point tries.
The NFL has been tinkering with the PAT in hopes of making it a more difficult and therefore entertaining play for spectators. The latest change might be just the first step of further adjustments in years to come.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport also reported that the Redskins‘ proposal to have roster cuts done all at once – moving from 90-man to 53-man rosters prior to the start of the season – was voted down by owners, per a source.