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The NFL changes the extra point attempt, adds a degree of difficulty

An interesting move for the NFL, which hasn't touched the extra point in years.

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The NFL is either adding a degree of difficulty for kickers or attempting to boost point totals. Either way, there's a big change coming in 2015.

For quality kickers, this change likely means a couple of missed extra points per season, upping the ante for some of the most reliable men in the business. Don't be surprised or overly angry if Matt Bryant whiffs on one this season, given the NFL has added nearly 15 yards to every attempt.

The real change comes if you're not confident in your kicker or you begin to see the reward of a two point conversion outweighing the risk, because you just might start going for it more often. That could lead to more drama at the goal line, it may lead to juiced point totals and it may lead to your average-to-lousy kickers being further marginalized in today's NFL. For a team with a good offensive line and a strong offensive gameplan, going for it is likely to be worthwhile, while for everyone else you can talk yourself into it if you can manage to convert one out of every two attempts.

All of this is speculative, of course, and we don't know how NFL teams are going to react. It's a good bet that the two point conversion will become more popular, though, and it'll be interesting to see how the Falcons handle PATs in 2015 and beyond.