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Owners Opt to Push Back PAT Kicks

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NFL owners on Tuesday voted 30-2 in favor to spot the ball at the 15-yard line on point after touchdown kicks, keep the ball at the 2 if teams go for a two-point conversion and give the defense an opportunity to score two points if a blocked kick or turnover is returned across the opposite goal line.

Around the NFL's Kevin Patra and other outlets reported the vote that occurred as owners met in San Francisco.

The proposal was set forth by the NFL Competition Committee at the Annual Meeting in March when the topic was discussed but tabled until Tuesday's already scheduled meeting.

NFL Competition Committee member and Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay said in March that the discussion on what to do after touchdowns was "interesting and lively" and there was a sentiment of creating more of a "football play."

NFL teams have had the option of going for a two-point conversion via passes or runs since 1994, but 2015 will mark the first time that a defense has had the opportunity to score on a blocked or short kick or a turnover. The proposal will be implemented throughout 2015, but a vote next year will be necessary to keep Tuesday's decision in place in future seasons.

The change required a vote to do so by at least 24 of the 32 teams.

Here's a look at recent stats after touchdowns for Vikings and opponents:

PATs: The Vikings have succeeded on 146 of 148 (98.6 percent) points after touchdown kicks in the past four seasons, compared to 164 of 167 (98.2 percent) by opponents.

Kicker Blair Walsh is 108 of 109 (99.1 percent) on PAT kicks in his three pro seasons and is 4-for-4 in his career on 33-yard field goals, including three last season. Vikings opponents are 3-for-3 on 33-yard field goals in the past four seasons, with zero attempts from that distance 2011-12, two in 2013 and one last season.

The Vikings are 6-for-8 (75 percent) on two-point conversions in the past four seasons, a total boosted significantly by a perfect 4-for-4 in 2014 in their first year under Head Coach Mike Zimmer. Opponents have gone 6-for-10 (60 percent) in the past four years, but whiffed on the lone attempt last season.

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