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Football Extra Point

What is an extra point in football? How many points is the extra point? What is the difference between the NFL extra point and the college football extra point? Get ready to learn about football extra points.

Football Extra Points

The extra point requires the team to kick the ball into the opposing team's goal post starting at the 15 yard line. If successful, the extra point is worth one (1) additional point. The extra point is one of two (2) ways a team can score additional points after a touchdown.

REMEMBER: The extra point is also known as the PAT or point after touchdown.

Football Extra Points

PRO TIP: In 2015, the NFL moved the extra point from the 2nd yard line to the 15 yard line. This made it much harder because the kick attempt is further away from the goal post.

If a team makes the extra point, they earn one (1) additional point for a total of seven (7) points on the drive. If the extra point misses, they earn zero (0) additional points earning a total of six (6) points on the drive.

LINGO ALERT: A drive in football describes the duration of time a team is on offense and what they do with possession of the ball.

Extra Point Strategy

Teams should choose to kick the extra point when they want to play percentage football. There's a higher chance of making the extra point than the two point conversion. Most teams will go for the extra kick unless they must earn two (2) points to stay in the game.

Imagine the score is the following:

If the away team scores a touchdown, the score becomes:

  • Home Team: 14
  • Away Team: 9

If the away team makes the extra kick, the score becomes:

  • Home Team: 14
  • Away Team: 10

If the away team makes the two point conversion, the score becomes:

It is advantageous for the away team to go for the two point conversion in this case because they making the conversion will make it a one possession game.

LINGO ALERT: A one possession game means that a team only needs to score a field goal or a touchdown to tie the score.

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