The New England Patriots and the NFL aren’t exactly seeing eye to eye at the moment. But the Patriots are one step away from affecting a rather substantial rule change on the game.
All 32 NFL owners will meet in San Francisco from May 18 to 20 for the NFL Spring Meeting, and aside from the inevitable DeflateGate questions, a main topic of discussion will be three new rule proposals.
One of these proposals, submitted by the Patriots, calls for the line of scrimmage to be moved from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line on extra point field goal attempts, thus making them more difficult, at 33 yards. Teams still would take two-point conversion attempts from the 2-yard line under the rule.
The other two proposals present variations of New England’s call to change the PAT.
A proposal presented by the competition committee also would allow the defense to be awarded to points if it recovers the ball and scores a touchdown, while Philadelphia Eagles submitted a proposal calling for the ball to be placed on the 1-yard line instead of the 2 for two-point conversion attempts.
All three proposals will require a vote from at least 24 of the 32 owners to pass.
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