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Why do football teams attempt an extra point or 2 point conversion after scoring a touchdown?


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Answered 2015-07-17 17:50:42

The PAT was implemented to help reduce the number of ties. It was assumed that XPs would be missed at times but of course now it is almost automatic. The two point conversion was added to make games more exciting by giving teams a chance to tie or win a game they would otherwise not win with an XP kick. Under NFL rules, a team does not have to attempt points after touchdown.

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