NFL moves extra point to 15-yard line for 2015 season


When the 2015 NFL season kickoffs this fall, you can expect a slight change to the game.

NFL owners voted on the Competition Committee’s proposal on extra points for the 2015 season. The extra point will now be kicked from the 15-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. Under the previous rule the ball was dead on a failed try.

The changes during defense reflect a similar rule in college football. The announcement was made Tuesday, with the goal of making the game more exciting. The rule will be reviewed at the end of the season to see if it will stay long term.