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NFL teams left kicking themselves as they combine for an unwanted record

12 extra points were missed on a record-breaking Sunday.

Robbie Gould missed two kicks against his former team.
Robbie Gould missed two kicks against his former team.
Image: Seth Wenig/AP/Press Association Images

NFL KICKERS SET a futility record Sunday by missing a combined 12 touchdown conversion kicks, breaking a mark of 10 misses in a single week that had stood for 46 years.

A major reason for the lack of success was last year’s rule change that pushed back to length of conversion kicks from a distance of 17 yards to almost double that distance.

In the entire 2014 campaign, only eight conversion kicks were missed.

Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent and Robbie Gould of the New York Giants each botched two point-after-touchdown (PATs) kicks to help push the total over the top in Sunday afternoon games alone, with another miss by Washington’s Dustin Hopkins in a night game.

There had been seven weeks when NFL kickers missed the old record of 10 conversions, but the most recent was the second week of the 1985 campaign.

Two-point conversion attempts remain near the goal line, prompting NFL teams to go for the extra point with a run or pass play about twice as much as they did before the kick was pushed back.

Overall, the dip in the success rates of conversion kicks since the change was made has been only about five percent.

(C) AFP 2016

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