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Happy 20th anniversary, NFL two-point conversion

Josh McCown, Brandon Marshall AP

Twenty years ago today, NFL owners did something ever-so collegiate.

They voted to approve the two-point conversion, as on-this-day.com and the NFL Record & Fact Book point out.

The introduction of the two-point conversion came as part of the NFL’s efforts to increase scoring after a 1993 season in which 18-of-28 teams tallied less than 20 points per game. The NFL also voted to push kickoffs back to the 30-yard-line with an eye on improving starting field position for offenses.

Teams embraced the two-point try right off the bat. Clubs converted 59 attempts in 1994, with Miami leading the NFL with six.

By contrast, the 32 NFL teams converted just 33 two-point tries in 2013. The Bears led the league with five successful conversions.

Still, the two-point try seems likely to be a part of the NFL’s fabric for years and years to come. This is, after all, a league that likes its scoring. To wit: Twenty-five teams scored 20 points or more per game in 2013. And if efforts to make extra points more challenging take hold, the two-point try could become a bigger part of the arsenal for clubs.

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11 Responses to “Happy 20th anniversary, NFL two-point conversion”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Mar 22, 2014 11:55 AM

    Another year and it will be able to drink legally.

  2. dubblelznhell says: Mar 22, 2014 12:18 PM

    It likes scoring, but they moved kickoffs to the 35 for “safety” issues, thus reducing offensive starting points, nullifying what they did 20 years ago.

  3. agelardi says: Mar 22, 2014 12:18 PM

    I needed to see that year it was implemented before I could believe it because I read the headline and said no effin way.

  4. veence69 says: Mar 22, 2014 12:36 PM

    I feel old.

  5. jackericsson says: Mar 22, 2014 1:35 PM

    As mike tomlin suggests, move the extra point to the 1 yard line and you will see a lot more 2 point attempts. This is a better idea than moving extra points to the 30 yard line.

  6. frankpm says: Mar 22, 2014 1:42 PM

    Was the motivation for adding the 2-point conversion really rooted in the desire to see more points on the board? I thought it was primarily to provide teams/coaches more options late in the game as far as catching up or building leads. At least that’s mostly how it’s been used since its inception.

  7. lance19 says: Mar 22, 2014 2:06 PM

    No TWO ways about it: Offering the OPTION of going for two after every TD, makes the NFL more interesting…even if it’s rarely actually used…
    a late game lead of 8 is no longer “game over.”

  8. tombreck says: Mar 22, 2014 2:32 PM

    First Coach to score 2 point conversion?

    Bill Belichick

    First team to score 2 point conversion?

    Browns

    First player to score 2 point conversion?

    Tom Tupa

  9. coltsreign says: Mar 22, 2014 2:58 PM

    This truely helped alot of teams in tight spots

  10. gairzo says: Mar 22, 2014 3:04 PM

    To clarify: Kick-off teams must remain motionless until the ball is kicked…

  11. beardinals says: Mar 22, 2014 3:47 PM

    You…you mean they made changes to the game before Goddell?!?!

    Where were all the “purists” screaming then?

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