The Facts: Among the seven competitive rule changes adopted by the NFL at the Annual League Meeting this week is the following: "By Competition Committee; Eliminates the requirement that a team who scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation of a game to kick the extra point or go for two-point conversion."
Diehards Line: In case you missed it, in the aftermath of the Minnesota Miracle, there was mass confusion. The suddenly victorious Vikings were giving on-field interviews, while the New Orleans Saints were slowly trudging off the field and into the locker room. But with a five-point lead and no time left on the clock, Minnesota was still required to attempt the extra point. This law should have no effect on the outcomes of games going forward, but will matter to those in the sports universe who care about point differential -- and to fantasy owners needing to maximize their kicking points.