The Seahawks were one of 30 teams to vote today to change the procedure for point after touchdowns.

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As has been anticipated could happen, the NFL did indeed alter the rules of the extra point during meetings today in San Francisco.

Here are the details from

“. …the extra point will now be kicked from the 15-yard line with two-point conversions remaining at the 2-yard line. The new rule also gives the defense the ability to score two points on returns.

According to the rule change, if the defense returns a failed two-point try for a touchdown (i.e. on an interception or  a fumble return), they will be awarded two points. Under the previous rule the ball was dead on a failed try.” A block of a PAT kick can also be returned for two points as long as it remains behind the line of scrimmage.

The impetus for this is to try to pump some life into what had become an exceedingly predictable play.

The new rule means the PAT kick is now about a 33-yard try.

As I wrote on Monday, that wouldn’t have made much difference to the Seahawks the last few years. As I detailed then, Seattle’s Steven Hauschka made all 10 of his attempts from 30-39-yards last season, while Seahawk opponents made all four. Haushcka is also 46-49 on kicks from 30-39 yards in his career, and 38-39 with the Seahawks (he hasn’t missed from the 30-39-yard range since misfiring on a 38-yarder at St. Louis late in the 2011 season though he did miss a 24-yarder at home against the Cardinals late in the 2013 season).

Still, a few more yards will put a bit more difficulty into the kick — maybe particularly on some of those windy, rainy December days at CenturyLink Field (this story also reports that the NFL could consider moving the kicks back even more in the future).

The other hope is that maybe it will spur more teams to try two-point attempts, while also making that a more lively play all around by giving the defense a chance to score.

Seattle hasn’t been big on attempting two-point conversions the last few years going 0-3 since 2011 and 2-5 in the Pete Carroll era in regular season games.

The Seahawks are 1-1 in post-season games on two-pointers under Carroll, and that was a big one — the improbable Russell Wilson to Luke Willson pass that put Seattle up 22-19 late in the NFC title game, which meant Green Bay could only kick a field goal to tie and force overtime.

Seattle was 0-1 on two-point tries in the regular season last year, a play that proved pivotal in the 28-26 loss at St. Louis. The Seahawks missed on a pass from Russell Wilson to Jermain Kearse after scoring to make it 21-19 with 9:44 left in the game. The Seahawks lost 28-26.

Seattle’s last made two-pointer in a regular season game came on Dec. 26, 2010 when Ben Obamanu caught a pass from Charlie Whitehurst in a 38-15 loss at Tampa Bay (the two-pointer made it 31-15).

One thing to note is that the PAT will be aligned in the center of the field, which makes or an easier kick, as detailed below:

The Seahawks were one of 30 teams to vote for the change, as only the Raiders and Washington were against it.

That was expected as Seattle coach Pete Carroll said in March he was in favor of making a change.

“I think there is good conversation about it, and I think there is reason (for it),’’ Carroll said then. “When anything in our game is 99.3 percent successful you want to see what’s going on with that and take a good look at it. I think the competitive approach is coming out in everybody to see if they can better the game, and something may happen.’’ Carroll sounded particularly interested in making the defense more involved, which makes sense given the Seattle defense and its success forcing turnovers the last few years.

Yet to see any reaction from Hauschka. But Carolina kicker Graham Gano doesn’t seem impressed Tweeting: “Should have changed the extra point to a 50 yard field goal. That would have been interesting”