The Bengals’ flight home from New England after their 22–18 victory over the Patriots was interrupted by a frightening, unexpected incident.
The team’s plane from Boston was reportedly rerouted due to a “failing engine,” according to Mark Slaughter of Cincinnati’s WLWT-NBC. Later, Paul Dehner confirmed that the flight landed in New York City after the incident to allow the team to change planes.
“A little rough but it was okay! Landed safely,” reported an unidentified passenger.
In addition, WLWT reported that Cincinnati’s flight landed at JFK at approximately 8:45 p.m. local time, with the new flight departing NYC at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Even with the emergency diversion, the Bengals had an otherwise positive day as they captured their eighth consecutive win against an old AFC foe in a close contest.
Following an eventful Christmas Eve, the Bengals (11–4) will enjoy Christmas and a much-needed Sunday off before bringing in the new year with a huge Monday Night Football matchup against the Bills (12–3) on January 2.