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The Extra Point Rule Change and its Effects on Decision-Making for Coaches in the NFL


The NFL has implemented a new rule change before the start of the 2015 season, moving the distance of the extra point back 13 yards to the 15-yard line. In an attempt to create more excitement with every play, the NFL rules committee feels strongly about its decision to adjust the level of difficulty for an extra point try. Consequently, the increased distance may negatively affect the overall success rate for extra points, causing the decision process for post-touchdown conversions to be more stressful for coaches. Thus, with the use of success rates, as well as expected points, there may be other external factors that potentially affect the decision between kicking the extra point and going for the two-point conversion.


Moynihan, Matthew




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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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