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NFL changes extra point rules, kick moved back to 15-yard line

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Extra points won't be quite so automatic as past seasons, though teams probably won't alter their post-touchdown strategy.

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As had long been expected, the NFL has passed a rule change affecting the normally mundane extra point after touchdown. Beginning this season, extra point field goals have been moved back to the 15-yard line. Two-point conversions attempts will remain at the 2-yard line, however.

In effect, all extra points will now be approximately 32- to 33-yard attempts. While not quite as automatic as traditional extra points, they're still converted at a high rate. Last season, Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby converted 11 of his 12 attempts between 30-39 yards. Nearly every NFL team voted for the extra point change, with only Washington and Oakland objected according to reports.

Additionally, the defense can now return a live ball to the opposite end zone for two points à la the college rule. While some believe that moving the extra point back could persuade some coaches to go for two more often, the ability for the defense to score could prove a deterrent.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.