Why is a touchdown 6 points?

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That's just the way the point system evolved. A touchdown is harder to get than a field goal, so you get twice as many points for a TD, plus you get a chance to tack on a bonus point afterward.

The original scoring system was 2 points for a TD, 4 points for the point after, 5 points for a field goal, and 2 points for a safety. That reflected the emphasis on kicking in the early days. But as the game moved more toward running and passing, the point system changed to reflect the value of a touchdown over a kicked score.

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