On a recent crisp and sunny fall day on the Polo Fields in Stowe, Jordan Zimmerman took the handoff from her quarterback, cradled the ball and sprinted the length of the field to score one of the Patriots’ three touchdowns of the day, 11 of her teammates cheering her on.

The Patriots would lose to the Bears, but they still fared much better than their professional counterparts did in the 1986 Super Bowl between Chicago and New England. One more key difference: this Patriot squad is the first all-girls team to play in the Stowe flag football league.

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