NFL moves back distance for extra points _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) kicks an extra point against the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The NFL has decided to make the extra point a little more difficult, according to Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating.

Now, extra points will be attempted from the 15-yard-line, moving the kick 13 yards from the 2-yard line, where it has been placed in the past.

The NFL experimented with the longer distance last preseason, and former kicker Shayne Graham, who was released by the Saints on Tuesday, missed an extra point at the longer distance.

If a team decides to go for two, the ball will still be placed at the 2-yard line, and the defense will now have a chance to return an interception or fumble for two points of its own.