Patriots’ Proposal To Raise Height Of Goalposts Approved By NFL

March 26, 2014 3:00 PM
Patriots’ Proposal To Raise Height Of Goalposts Approved By NFL
" BOSTON (CBS) — The mystery of the accuracy of some field goals will no longer exist in the NFL, thanks in large part to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

The NFL voted on Wednesday to raise the height of the goalposts by 5 feet, a proposal which was presented to the league committee by the Patriots.

The vote to raise the uprights passed “relatively easily,” according to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett.

Given the advancement of kicking and the increasing abilities of kickers in the league, the issue of footballs flying over the goalposts has surfaced in recent years. Such kicks require nearly impossible judgment calls to be made by the officials standing underneath the goalposts, so the added height should prevent some — but not all — of those situations from arising.

Belichick famously found himself the victim of that mystery two seasons ago, when Justin Tucker’s game-winning field goal in Baltimore sailed high over the right goalpost "

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