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The PAT was implemented to help reduce the number of ties. It was assumed that XPs would be missed at times but of course now it is almost automatic. The two point conversion was added to make games more exciting by giving teams a chance to tie or win a game they would otherwise not win with an XP kick. Under NFL rules, a team does not have to attempt points after touchdown.

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Q: Why do football teams attempt an extra point or 2 point conversion after scoring a touchdown?
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What is a two point conversion in football?

It is a scoring play used as a substitute for a point-after kick - the ball is advanced into the endzone like a touchdown play but it comes after the touchdown.


How do you spell touchdown?

That is the correct spelling of "touchdown" (a football scoring play).


What is a sentence using the word conversion?

After scoring a touchdown the football team's coach opted to go for the 2-pt conversion instead of the traditional extra point try.


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Why do they call the 2 point football scoring play a safety?

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What do the initials P A T stand for as it pertains to scoring in American football?

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Can you score a field goal without a touchdown in the NFL?

Scoring a field goal in American football cannot be done in conjunction with a touchdown. They are two independent ways of scoring. You may have meant can you score an "extra point" without a touchdown. In American football, extra points (1 or 2 depending on type of play), can only happen in conjunction with a touchdown. In Canadian football, they may be scored under circumstances not related to a touchdown.


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How many points do you get for a touchdown in the NFL?

The scoring team is given 6 points for the touchdown. They also get the choice to kick an extra point or go for a two-point conversion after the touchdown takes place.


How many points is a touch down?

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