Enormous Oklahoma State defensive lineman Vincent Taylor blocked a Texas extra point attempt, scooped up the loose ball and lateraled it to Trey Flowers for a defensive two-point conversion in one of numerous plays that have thus far made for a madcap first half in Stillwater.
One of this weekend’s wildest games got even stranger when Notre Dame surrendered the lead to Texas on a late touchdown, only to equalize the score when Shaun Crawford returned the Longhorns’ blocked point-after attempt the length of the field for two points.
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.
Nick Folk has an intriguing idea to solve the NFL's extra-point conundrum: Add two additional uprights, narrower and just for PATs. [NJ.com]
The Indianapolis Colts/New England Patriots death-match hype is reaching its condition critical stage, as every single person on the planet tangentially-related to either one of those regions or to sports writing has to have an opinion about it. They must. This is the game of the millennium, you see, so act accordingly