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NFL moves PATs to 15-yard line

NFL owners voted Tuesday to move extra point attempts back from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, making PATs equivalent in distance to 33-yard field goals.

Two-point conversions will remain at the 2-yard line, but a new rule that also passed Tuesday will give defenses two points for returning failed two-point conversions to the end zone.

The NFL has been mulling changes to the extra point for the last few years because the kick has become almost automatic. Last season kickers league-wide combined to make 99.3 percent of extra-point attempts (1,222 of 1,230) with six of the eight missed tries coming on blocks.

In 10 seasons with the Bears, kicker Robbie Gould has made 99.2 percent of his extra-point attempts (351 of 354). He has converted 91.1 percent of his field-goal tries (51 of 56) from 30-36 yards, hitting 14 of 19 since making his first 37 attempts from 2005-10.