GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The NFL is changing some of the rules of the game. Under new rules approved by 30 of the 32 team owners, extra points will be harder, and the defense will have the opportunity to score on two-point conversions.
The extra point will be moved back to the 15-yard line; turning what used to be a ceremonial play into something much more skillful. Two-point conversions will remain on the two-yard line, but instead of a dead ball, defenses will now be able to score by returning a fumble, interception, or botched kick for a touchdown.
The NFL’s competition committee suggested the changes to make the game more exciting, but at least one Patriots fan told 22News he’s not in favor of the change.
“I don’t like the rule change, I’d rather keep it just the way it is. I like the excitement of the ball being on the two yard line. It’s going to give and it always has given the defense something to really pump up about. I’m old school. I like the way the game is set up now,” Dan Cavanaugh of Shelburne said.
The changes were only approved for 2015. After the season, the league will review the new rules, and see if they want to make it a permanent change.