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 additional point. The extra point is one of two ways a team can score additional points after a touchdown.
REMEMBER: The extra point is also known as the PAT or point after touchdown.
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 additional point for a total of seven points on the drive. If the extra point misses, they earn zero additional points earning a total of six points on the drive.
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 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.