Vikings tried to make most of plane delay

The Vikings were forced to sit at M&T Bank Stadium long after their latest last-minute defeat Sunday because of a broken door on their plane, but players tried to most of the unscheduled bonding opportunity.

Vikings players, coaches and staff members tried to make the best of a bad situation Sunday, and that was after they had lost a 29-26 thriller that featured an unprecedented five touchdowns between the teams in the last two minutes, five seconds of the game.

Before the game had ended, according to accounts from Vikings staff members, a catering truck had tried to open a door on the plane that was locked, breaking the door and requiring a new plane to be flown into Baltimore-Washington International Airport from Detroit. It caused about a five-hour delay for the team after enduring a bone-chilling game in the snow at M&T Bank Stadium.

"It was pretty miserable, but things happen I guess," fullback Jerome Felton said Monday. "I don't know how exactly that happens, but I'm sure some heads are rolling on that one."

Players tried to make the most of the delay, sitting in the locker room at the stadium and watching the San Francisco 49ers game beat the Seattle Seahawks in the late afternoon game. Jamarca Sanford said he actually enjoyed the unscheduled opportunity to bond.

"You've got to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good. When we got the delay, we were just sitting around and blending with your teammates," Sanford said. "It's just sitting around, laughing, joking and just having fun with your teammates. I really liked it. You could hang out with guys that you normally don't hang out with outside of the locker room. You just become closer as a team. You see other guys and the way they act around certain guys."

The Vikings finally landed back in Minnesota about 12:30 a.m. after their noon Central game.

"Obviously it was unfortunate with what happened with the plane, but it was one of those things, it is what it is," Felton said Monday. "It happened. We're back today. Guys are getting their legs back under them, resting a little bit. We'll watch film and then come Wednesday we'll prepare for the Eagles."

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