Q&A on the News

—Jerry Schwartz, Alpharetta

A: Two other NFC Championship games and one AFC Championship game have been decided in overtime, according to NFL.com. On Jan. 17, 1999, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Minnesota Vikings 30-27 on Morten Andersen’s 38-yard field goal with 3:22 left in overtime to reach the franchise’s first and only Super Bowl. The New York Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers 23-20 on Jan. 20, 2008. Coincidentally, the Packers were quarterbacked by Brett Favre that season. On Jan. 11, 1987, the Denver Broncos defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-20 in the only AFC Championship game to reach overtime. No Super Bowl game has gone into overtime.

Q: Much of the heavy rain in the past six months has been attributed to the "El Nino" current in the Pacific Ocean. Do meteorologists expect a change anytime soon?

—Theo Messerlie, Sandy Springs

A: Glenn Burns, chief meteorologist with WSB-TV, said it appears that El Nino will continue until the summer. “This means a very active severe storm season with more flooding rains,” he said.

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