The National Football League will experiment with the distance between the goalposts during the Pro Bowl, Fox Sports reported Sunday.
According to Jay Glazer, the league will narrow the width of the goalposts from 18.6 feet to 14 feet. The distance has been the same since 1920.
Glazer reports that the NFL hopes changing the kicking rules will make games more exciting.
This year FGs inside 40 have been 93%. League wants to see if making it harder could make 4th down decisions more exciting— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 14, 2014
The NFL has previously attempted to make the kicker's job tougher. During preseason games, the league experimented by moving back the extra point from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, which is equivalent to a 33-yard field goal. In 33 preseason games, an extra point was missed eight times. During the entire 2013 season, only five extra points were unsuccessful.
- Sarah Barshop