Sport: The Two-Point Conversion

Football's first big Saturday of 1958 put to a test the game's first scoring change in 46 years. After a touchdown, teams now have the option of using the time-honored place kick for one point, or the run or pass for two. The rule was designed to cut down tie games, give leading teams a chance to exert extra pressure and trailing teams a better chance to catch up. Most teams settled for the safer kick (chances of success: about 65%) rather than risk the run or pass (chances: about 35%), especially if they scored first. But in five major games...

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