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access_time April 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM in Culture by Sean Garmer

Madden 13 Cover Vote Quarterfinal Match-Ups Set

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ESPN SportsNation revealed today the third-round results and announced the quarterfinal match-ups for the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote. Fans have cast 35 million votes throughout the campaign.

In the Old School bracket Joe Montana will take on Barry Sanders, while Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will reignite their classic Falcons vs. 49ers rivalry in the other match-up. In the New School bracket Arian Foster will square off against Russell Wilson, while Robert Griffin III and Adrian Peterson battle it out for votes.

Jerry Rice was the top vote-getter in Round 3, trouncing Michael Strahan with 85% of the overall vote. Adrian Peterson continues to run over the competition the same way he runs over opposing defenses in the New School bracket, garnering 81% of the vote in his matchup and whooping Rob Gronkowski.

Here are some overall voting highlights:

· 35 million total votes cast to date
· 5.9 million votes this round, which is 2.4 million more than last year
· The matchup that drew the most votes this round was Arian Foster vs. Colin Kaepernick

The stage is set for an incredible fight to the finish, as some of the biggest names of both past and present continue to campaign for their spot on the cover of Madden NFL 25. Fans can cast their votes on ESPN.com through their PC or mobile devices. Voters also have a chance to “Maximize” their votes as well because ESPN and Madden NFL 25 have collaborated with Pepsi MAX to promote Twitter live voting every Tuesday throughout the Madden Cover Vote campaign. All voters have to do is tweet each player’s respective Cover Vote hashtag and it will count as two votes. Double voting ends at midnight ET each Tuesday.

Personally, I would like to see either Adrian Peterson from the new school bracket or Jerry Rice from the old school bracket get to make the final cover. If Adrian Peterson wins he could continue the precedent Calvin Johnson set last season and continue to kill the myth of the “Madden Curse.”


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