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NFL notebook: — Jan. 21

Associated Press

Roger Goodell doesn’t want to stand pat with the PAT. He’s suggesting potential changes in the extra point that, well, might have some legs.

The NFL commissioner says the extra point kick after touchdowns, which had a success rate of nearly 100 percent in 2013, is too automatic.

And with few teams attempting 2-point conversion plays until desperation hits, the old 1-pointer from about 20 yards is the way coaches go.

So Goodell wonders if the league can add excitement by making some major adjustments to the extra point, suggesting perhaps making a touchdown worth seven points, with teams having the option to run a play for another point.

But failing on that play would cost them a point.

VIKINGS STADIUM AVOIDS LAWSUIT — Minnesota’s Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the funding plan for a new Vikings football stadium, eliminating a legal obstacle that threatened a last-minute derailment of the project.

Minnesota finance officials postponed a $468 million bond sale while the case was pending. After the ruling, the chairwoman of the government authority managing the construction said she believed the project could be kept on schedule, despite earlier worries about possible delays and cost overruns.

The nearly $1 billion stadium, on the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis, has a planned opening of July 2016.

NFL, NINERS TALK SIDELINE COLLISION — San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh says there’s been communication between the NFL and the team after Seattle’s Jeremy Lane ran into an unidentified person on the 49ers sideline during the NFC championship game.

Harbaugh said Tuesday that general manager Trent Balke had spoken to the league.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the Seahawks had reached out to the league to find out more about what happened. Carroll said he was disappointed there was not a penalty on the play.



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