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Four PAT kicks have already gone awry

Tony Romo dropped the low snap, and then snatched the ball off the turf in time to find trusty tight end Jason Witten open at the goal line with seven seconds left in the season opener.

Touchdown, Dallas Cowboys. The dramatic comeback against the New York Giants was complete. Except, well, it wasn't. They still had to kick the extra point, an afterthought no longer in light of the NFL's decision to push it back from the 2-yard line to the 15.

Dan Bailey ordered the snap on the right hash mark, lined up and sent the ball sailing through the uprights.

Cowboys 27, Giants 26. Only then could the home team and its anxious fans exhale.

Bailey's 33-yard kick proved to be no more memorable or difficult than the rest of the extra points over the course of league history. But if opening weekend was any indication of what is to come, these post-touchdown conversions could be must-watch moments rather than the bathroom breaks they've long been for viewers on the couch or customers at the stadium.

Cleveland's Travis Coons made an outlandish 48-yard attempt, after a pair of penalties pushed him back. But four extra points failed over the weekend in 75 attempts, with one blocked for Cincinnati's Mike Nugent in addition to misses for Houston's Randy Bullock, Jacksonville's Jason Myers and San Diego's Josh Lambo. That's already half the amount of extra points that were missed in 2014, when NFL kickers went 1,222 for 1,230 (99.3 percent).

"It's going to happen," said Myers, whose Jaguars lost 20-9 to Carolina. "It happens to the best of them."

Over the previous 10 years, according to STATS research, the league had an average of 10.2 missed extra points per season. The collective success rate over that period was 99.1 percent. Hence the reason why the NFL's competition committee devised the shift for 2015, with a review of the rule before further enactment. Owners voted 30-2 to make the change, so the extra-long extra points probably will become permanent.

The NFL's other goal with the new extra-point rule was to entice more teams to opt for a 2-point conversion try from the 2-yard line. Though all of the attempts on opening weekend were made by teams trailing by an amount of points that made sense to try it, teams went four for five.

That's a small sample size, but with a 47 percent success rate (269 for 572) on 2-point plays over the previous 10 years, there undoubtedly will be some coaches this season who choose the 50-50 proposition of a 2-point pass or run over the 33-yard kick.