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There were huge cheers in Vegas after Vikings’ ... failed extra-point attempt

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum celebrated following a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum celebrated following a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Associated Press

Here is a suggestion for a rule change for the NFL.

If a team scores a walk-off touchdown that makes an extra-point attempt meaningless, then the game ends at that point. There is no need for an extra-point attempt if it will have no impact on the outcome.

If you watched the Vikings’ bonkers 29-24 win over the Saints on Sunday, you noticed that the officials had to clear the field as Minnesota celebrated and had to get some New Orleans players out of the locker room.

It was all so Minnesota could “attempt” the extra point. For most people, this was a moot point. But for gamblers, this was huge. The Vikings were 5 1/2-point favorites, so if they had kicked the extra point, that would have made the final score 30-24.

The Vikings took a knee instead of attempting the extra point, and that drew a huge cheer ... in Las Vegas.

Here is the extra-point attempt:

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post tweeted this video from Las Vegas when Minnesota didn’t go for it:

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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