NFL owners change extra-point rules

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After teams score a touchdown, the procedure will look a little different next season. The NFL owners approved the competition committee’s rule change that will place the ball at the 15-yard-line for a PAT.

Extra points will now be a 33-yard field goal, which is much harder than the original 19-yard field goal.

Good news for the Bears, current place-kicker Robbie Gould is a 89 percent kicker between the 30-39 yard line. The 11-year veteran has never missed a field goal under 30 yards and this rule change will challenge the 33-year-old kicker.

Gould didn’t comment on the rule change, but Minnesota Vikings’ kicker Blair Walsh posted on Twitter:

Another rule change helps the defense.

The two-point conversion will remain at the two-yard line, but now, if the defense intercepts or recovers a fumble, they can advance the ball for a touchdown.

The PAT rule changes were one of three rules proposed on Tuesday during the owners meeting.

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