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Happy 20th anniversary, NFL two-point conversion

Josh McCown, Brandon Marshall

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) and quarterback Josh McCown (12) celebrate after making a two-point conversion during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Nam Y. Huh

Twenty years ago today, NFL owners did something ever-so collegiate.

They voted to approve the two-point conversion, as and the NFL Record & Fact Book point out.

The introduction of the two-point conversion came as part of the NFL’s efforts to increase scoring after a 1993 season in which 18-of-28 teams tallied less than 20 points per game. The NFL also voted to push kickoffs back to the 30-yard-line with an eye on improving starting field position for offenses.

Teams embraced the two-point try right off the bat. Clubs converted 59 attempts in 1994, with Miami leading the NFL with six.

By contrast, the 32 NFL teams converted just 33 two-point tries in 2013. The Bears led the league with five successful conversions.

Still, the two-point try seems likely to be a part of the NFL’s fabric for years and years to come. This is, after all, a league that likes its scoring. To wit: Twenty-five teams scored 20 points or more per game in 2013. And if efforts to make extra points more challenging take hold, the two-point try could become a bigger part of the arsenal for clubs.