Aug 20, 2014 3:15 PM
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Eight extra point kicks from the longer distance - usually 33 yards - were missed during the NFL's experiment in the first two weeks of the preseason.
The 94.3 percent success rate (133 of 141) was below the regular season rate (99.6 percent) from 2013 when the ball was snapped from the 2-yard line instead of the 15. Only five of 1,267 short kicks were missed in 2013.
All of this summer's misses came with the ball snapped from the 15.
The longer extra point might have affected teams' willingness to try a 2-point conversion from the 2-yard line. This year, 16 were tried, with four successful. In 2013, nine were attempted in the first two weeks of the preseason, with four successful.
NFL officiating director Dean Blandino says he believes longer PAT kicks are "in the league's near future."
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