The Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills didn’t just ring in a new year for football, it also presented a couple of innovative changes the NFL has brought to the forefront.
First, the league debuted its new Surface tablets on the sidelines. Coaches no longer have to look at black-and-white photos of plays 30-40 seconds after they happen. They can look at them five seconds after they occur.
Secondly, extra points were moved back from the two-yard line to the 15-yard line in a preseason experiment designed to make the chip-shot point more difficult. Last season, the conversion rate for extra points was over 99 percent. In fact, there were only five failed extra-point attempts all year.
The NFL is hoping that by moving the ball back 13 yards, more drama will ensue because of the increased difficulty of the kick.
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