Patriots become first team to go for two under new PAT rule

AP

The NFL pushed back the one-point PAT from the two to the 15 in order to make the kick more difficult — and to entice teams to go for two more often.

The Patriots became the first team to go for two under the new rules on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

After a 55-yard touchdown run from SNF hero turned forgotten man Jonas Gray, the Patriots put the ball on the right hash mark, with no running back initially behind quarterback Jimmy Garappolo.

Gray, lined wide to the right, came in motion and stopped behind Garappolo. The quarterback pitched the ball to Gray, who swept wide left untouched into the end zone.

Regardless of whether the Patriots plan to go for two on a regular basis during the regular season, it makes sense to make opposing defenses plan for the possibility, using practice time to work on defending against the possibility of the Pats going for two.