- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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The NFL on Tuesday at its spring meetings in San Francisco changed its rules for point-after attempts, moving the line of scrimmage for kick attempts from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line.
Depending upon where holders set up, PAT kicks now equate to a 32- or 33-yard field goal.
So the degree of difficulty is not all that more, well, difficult.
The question, then, is this: how does this all affect the San Francisco 49ers?
According to ESPN Stats & Info, since 2001 Niners kicker Phil Dawson is a perfect 28-of-28 on field goals of 32 or 33 yards, the best such number in the NFL (Ryan Longwell is 23-of-23 at those distances in that same time frame while Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski is 25-of-28).
And in his 16-year career, Dawson is 30-for-30 from 32 or 33 yards, making 14 field goals from 32 yards and 16 from 33, per Elias.
Again, the change should have a negligible effect on the Niners and Dawson, who is entering his third year with the team but would be in the market for a new holder if fifth-round punter Bradley Pinion unseats Andy Lee.
The league also tweaked the 2-point attempt. The line of scrimmage for such plays will remain at the 2-yard line, but defenses can now return an interception or a fumble on said attempts for two points.
Since 2001, the Niners have attempted 20 2-point attempts, converting 11, per ESPN Stats & Info.
San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson is a perfect 28 of 28 on field goals of 32 or 33 yards.