I found an article saying that from 2011-2017, there were 506 two-point conversion attempts in the NFL, and 79% of those plays were passes. Is there any explanation for why teams pass so often on two-point conversions?

There has been some analysis showing that the closer a team gets to the end zone, the lower their completion percentage will be due to less open space to work with. And running plays average 4 yards per carry, so that shouldn't take them out of the equation since the ball is placed on the 2-yard line on a two-point conversion.

  • I've wondered the same thing, and I've also wondered why they don't go for 2 instead of 1 more often. I have a theory ... to run and be stopped is demoralizing. It says "the defense is physically stronger than the offense". The incomplete pass does not have that same physicality element. – jsf80238 Jan 28 at 18:42
  • I would imagine it may be because a pass play gives you more options, should your initial play go south - say the primary receiver for the play slips, the QB can go through the progressions of other receivers, whereas a running play is a single option - if the runner slips it's almost a certainty that the attempt is over. – ImClarky Feb 7 at 16:18

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