- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested earlier this week that the league's competition committee could consider abolishing the PAT.
"The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell told NFL Network.
No team has been more automatic in this tedious part of the game than the Baltimore Ravens. Since 2001, the Ravens lead the NFL with a 99.8 percent success rate on extra points.
How boring is that? They have lined up for the PAT 444 times during that span and made it 443 times.
The Ravens' only miss came on Nov. 16, 2009, when Steven Hauschka (yes, the kicker playing for the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl) had an extra point blocked at Cleveland. Hauschka was waived three days later.
Washington Redskins long-snapper Nick Sundberg, who spent a few weeks on the Ravens' practice squad in December 2009, doesn't want to remove extra points because it takes another play from specialists. He agrees with the idea of making extra points more difficult to make.
"Don’t make it a gimme," Sundberg told 106.7 The Fan, via The Washington Post. "Move it back, back it a 50-yard field goal, 45, 40, whatever you want. But don’t just get rid of it entirely. I think that’s absolutely ridiculous.”