An extra point in the NFL these days can be twice as nice - or double the trouble.
"The 2-point conversion is a great play," Miami's Doug Pederson said after completing a pass to tight end Rob Coons for 2 points in an exhibition game against the New York Giants. "It will make games a lot more interesting."Under a new rule, teams can either kick an extra point after a touchdown - as they always have - or run or pass the ball into the end zone for a 2-point conversion.
In the first weekend of exhibition games, there was mixed success.
"We went for the 2-point conversion and it proved to be a positive experience," Miami coach Don Shula said. "It's something we are going to have to experiment with and learn about in the preseason."
The Los Angeles Raiders also went to the air, while the Kansas City Chiefs ran for their 2-point conversion.
The Minnesota Vikings, however, failed through the air, while the Denver Broncos missed on two 2-point attempts.
On Saturday, Miami nipped the New York Giants 20-19 and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the San Diego Chargers 21-17.
Cowboys 17, Vikings 9
In Irving, Texas, Troy Aikman threw a touchdown pass as the Cowboys rolled over Minnesota in the NFL coaching debut of Dallas' Barry Switzer.
"It was kind of neat out there," Switzer said. "I was disappointed with the second half when I thought we got a little sloppy. I was happy for the win. You always are."
Rodney Peete, Aikman's backup who was a starter last year for Detroit, also threw for a TD, connecting from 26 yards out with rookie Willie Jackson.
Minnesota's lone TD came on a 5-yard pass from Brad Johnson to Qadry Ismail. After the TD, the Vikings went for a 2-point conversion, but Johnson's pass was short.
Warren Moon made his Minnesota debut, playing just the first period and hitting four of seven passes for 45 yards.
"By the time I got the feel of the thing it was time to come out," he said. "I was just starting to get comfortable. I think this offense is more balanced than the run-and-shoot. I think I`m going to like it."
Chiefs 24, Oilers 17
In Kansas City, the Chiefs have a new grass field and a victorious start to the exhibition season. But their plans for radio communications to the quarterback weren't as successful.
"It wasn't too good. It really wasn't," quarterback Matt Blundin said of the radio system after the Chiefs rallied to beat Houston. "I couldn't tell what Joe (Montana) was saying. We ended up having to go back to hand signals for most of the first quarter."
Alex Van Pelt hit Lee Harris with a 25-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left to win it for the Chiefs. Kansas City had tied the game at 17 on Lin Elliott's 41-yard field goal with 5:40 left.
After rookie wide receiver Lake Dawson scored the Chiefs' first TD on a 52-yard reverse in the third quarter, the Chiefs scored their first 2-point conversion when John Stephens ran in for the score.
Cris Dishman had a 64-yard interception return for Houston's first touchdown.
Raiders 25, Broncos 22, OT
In Barcelona, Spain, Jeff Jaeger kicked a 39-yard field goal 4:32 into overtime to boost the Raiders over Denver.
The game, played before the smallest American Bowl crowd since the international series began in 1986, featured three 2-point conversion attempts.
On the first play from scrimmage, Denver's revamped secondary was burned when Jeff Hostetler hit a wide-open James Jett deep over the middle for a 75-yard touchdown pass. It came on the same field where Jett won a gold medal in 1992 as a member of the U.S. Olympic 400-meter relay team.
Backup quarterback Tommy Maddox led Denver on touchdown drives of 64 and 27 yards. The Broncos went for two after both touchdowns, but Maddox one-hopped his pass attempt each time.
In the fourth quarter, fourth-string quarterback Hugh Millen led Denver on a 13-play, 76-yard drive, capped by Derrick Clark's 1-yard run. Denver opted to kick the extra point and send the game into overtime, the Raiders won the coin toss and drove 41 yards on the opening possession before Jaeger's game-winner.