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NFL Owners Vote To Move Extra Point Attempts To 15-Yard Line

The NFL owners decided Tuesday to pass the new PAT proposal at their annual owners’ meetings in San Francisco.

The proposal, which was originally submitted by the New England Patriots to the Competition Committee, includes moving the line of scrimmage for kicked extra points back to the 15-yard-line.

The league experimented with that new distance last year during the first two weeks of the preseason and it succeeded at reducing the conversion percentage from 99.4 percent over the 2010-14 seasons to 94.3 percent during the trial period.

This now means that extra point attempts will be from 33-yards out.

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham missed one of his longer experimental extra point attempts during the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. Heading into that game, Suisham had only missed two regulation-length extra points in 231 attempts during his career. Since joining the Steelers in 2010, Suisham is 36-for-40 on field goal attempts between 30 and 39 yards.

As far as the two point attempts go, they will still take place at the two-yard-line.

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