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Oddly in Canadian gridiron you can still advance the ball by kicking even beyond the line of scrimmage, as long as like rugby players who recover the kick were behind the kicker(or the kicker himself) when he kicked the ball. In fact you can actually get a reset of downs if your punter kicks the ball at lest 20 yards and either he or a player who was behind him when he kicked recovers it(note that this is quite rare, I've seen it a few times).
Drop goals still technically exist as well, though in NFL I beleive you have to be behind the line of scrimmage, while in CFL they can be from open play, it's effectively a moot point since there has been only one extra point even kicked in this fashion in about 60 years +.
Drop Goals used to be more common, but fell out of favour due to the shape of the ball being progressively optimised from throwing over the last60 or so years
Have you ever tried to drop kick a gridiron ball? I have; it is a lot more difficult that drop kicking a rugby ball. The pointy ends make it hard to get the ball to bounce-up accurately, however, it can be done....
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