BOSTON (CBS) — With flights, trains and buses throughout the Northeast already canceled due to the impending impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Patriots managed to fly home to Boston just in the nick of time.
The team had moved up its departure on Monday in an effort to arrive in Boston prior to the heavy rain and strong winds that are expected in the afternoon. According to several reports, the Patriots took off from Heathrow Airport without a guarantee of landing in Boston. Where they would have landed instead of Boston wasn’t reported, but it ended up not mattering, as the Patriots’ flight landed shortly before noon on Monday.
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“We are in!” tweeted 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak, who traveled with the team as the radio color commentator. “God Bless America and Virgin Airline pilot #gameball”
Running back Stevan Ridley and defensive linemen Chandler Jones and Ron Brace helped make the announcement too, with all three players tweeting their arrival shortly after the plane touched down at Logan Airport.
The Patriots, who scored 45 points on Sunday in their win over the Rams, then tweeted their latest touchdown, this one of a different variety than the ones from Sunday.
“Another Patriots touchdown! This time at Logan Airport,” said the team’s official Twitter account.
On Sunday, there were concerns that the team may get stuck in London until the middle of the week.