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Bears propose change to flags on consecutive extra-point tries

It will be one of 11 playing-rules proposals suggested by the NFL competition committee and individual teams to be voted on by league owners in mid-April.

The Bears proposed a rule change about extra points.
The Bears proposed a rule change about extra points.
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The Bears have proposed a change in the enforcement of penalties on consecutive extra-point tries. It will be one of 11 playing rules proposals suggested by the NFL competition committee and individual teams to be voted on by league owners in mid-April.

The Bears’ proposed changed wording to Article 3 is italicized below: “If a foul results in a retry, Team A will have the option to enforce the penalty from the spot where it attempted the try (previous spot) or from the yard line for the other try option, the location of which is determined by any previously enforced penalty, if applicable.”

The Bears’ interest in the change likely stems from their 2019 win in Denver. Down 13-12, the Broncos lined up for 2 and were flagged for a delay. That caused coach Vic Fangio to change his mind and send out the extra point team. As they tried to kick with the ball spotted at the 20, the Bears jumped offside. The result of the penalty: the Broncos got the ball at the 1. They went for two and converted it. The Bears later won on an Eddy Pineiro field goal.