In 1933, the NFL moved the goalposts ten years closer–to the goal line–to make the kicking game easier. I think it was the seventies that it moved back to the end line. I noticed that the No Fun League let the Bills and Giants take their extra points from 38 yards out the other night.
I think they also used the higher goalposts, too. Help those eagle eye refs track those field goals kicked over the posts.
I have a suggestion for the NFL, if it really wants to put a bit of challenge in the game. Lower the posts and put in an upper crossbar:
Baseball players can hit home runs as high as they want. Hit a ball too high and it’s infield fly. Other sports, basketball, hockey, soccer all have goals defined on four sides.
And as for the automatic nature of NFL extra points, well … they make a good bathroom break if you want to watch commercials. Not saying that I do.
Or maybe take the extra point kick somewhere else than straight-on.