Seattle lost an important game for their playoff seeding after Steven Hauschka missed the would-be go-ahead extra point and Arizona drove the field to kick a game-winning field goal on the final play of the game.
The 33-yard extra point has flummoxed nine NFL kickers today, for a total of 11 missed PATs. There hadn’t been more than 10 missed extra points in one week of games after the 1970 AFL-NFL merger since 1985.
So, it’s official. NFL extra points won’t be nearly as much of a gimme after the owners voted 30-2 (with Oakland and Washington voting no) to move the PAT back to the 15-yard line. But what will actually change?
Extra points are broken, and nearly everyone in football agrees. Last year, according to Peter King in today's MMQB, 30 of 32 NFL teams polled agreed that the PAT has to change. And per King, a framework for changes appears to have emerged during last week's league meetings.
There has been much hay made about the supposed impending demise of the extra point try, with even Roger Goodell coming out in favor of eliminating the vestigial gimme from the game. But no one in a position of power had offered a viable alternative–until now.