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© June, 2002
Blocking Extra Points, Field Goals Keeps Critical Points Off The Board

by Kenny Ratledge
Assistant Coach Sevier County High School, Sevierville, Tenn.

ONE POINT CAN make all the difference in the world during the course of a football game. A failed extra point can also affect a team’s strategy for the rest of the game.

In a recent NFL playoff game between San Francisco and Green Bay, former coach and current TV commentator, John Madden, made this statement when the 49ers blocked an extra point in the first quarter: “That point sits there the whole game.”

A blocked extra point is the only way a team can take away a point from its opponent. Most observers take extra points for granted and automatically think of touchdowns as being worth seven points. NFL statistics show tha ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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