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Football Pat

What is the PAT? We've already learned about the football extra point. Let's revisit it in this tutorial on football PATs or point after touchdown.


We've already learned about the extra point and how teams attempt to score points after touchdowns.

The extra point is also known as the PAT or point after touchdown. In this tutorial, we will revisit the PAT and discuss how the special teams perform it.

Football PAT

A PAT is performed by the special teams only after a touchdown is scored.


The PAT takes place on the 15 yard line (the one closer to the opposing team's end zone). It is an untimed scrimmage down, also called the try, where a team can kick the ball into the goal post for one point or run it into the end zone for two points.

If a team is unsuccessful, they earn zero additional points.

IMPORTANT: If you've ever wondered why a team only scored six points after a touchdown, it's because they missed the PAT.

Roles of the Players on PATs

The special teams will always perform the PAT. We already learned about the kicker and holder, and this is when they would step in. The kicker comes out on the field and prepares for the extra point, this is his most important role in the game.

However, the decision to go for the extra point or the two point conversion is an important one, and it can be more dangerous and challenging to opt for the conversion. Instead of one person, like the kicker, being responsible for the point, the two point conversion is a whole team effort. It is another play and requires a valiant effort being so close to the end zone. It can be the deciding factor for any game.

The two point conversion can be very challenging, as the offensive team and defensive team are very close to the end zone. This means that the ball and players can be jammed up in seconds. That is why, oftentimes, if the score isn't neck and neck, teams opt for the extra point, as it's a more comfortable and secure option, especially if the team has a great kicker!

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