Down to Two: Cover Vote Finals Begin

We have reached the final of the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote, and what a matchup it is. 

Detroit Lions legend Barry Sanders narrowly defeated the San Francisco 49ers' Jerry Rice. Sanders, arguably the best running back in NFL history, is seeking his second EA SPORTS cover, after gracing the box of NCAA Football 13 alongside Robert Griffin III.

Sanders will face another dominant back in the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson. Despite tearing his ACL late in the 2011 season, Peterson returned to the field to amass one of the greatest seasons ever by a running back, finishing just nine yards short of the single-season record in 2012 en route to the MVP award. 

Sanders and Peterson will bring the heated "Bedlam" rivalry to the Cover Vote finals. Sanders won the 1988 Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma State, while Peterson starred at rival Oklahoma.

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For the full press release, please see below.

Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson Clash in Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote Finals

Final Round Voting Now Open at ESPN.com/MaddenVote

April 17, 2013 – Today ESPN SportsNation announced that Barry Sanders will face Adrian Peterson in the final round of the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote. The stage is set for an epic showdown as two of the greatest running backs of all time square-off. Voting highlights from the semifinals include:

· 1 million votes cast for the semifinals, 50K more than last year’s vote totals for the semifinals. Over 38 million votes cast overall in the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote.

· Adrian Peterson posted the largest margin victory, with 68% of the vote against Arian Foster.

· Barry Sanders won with a slim margin victory defeating Jerry Rice, 52% to 48%.

It’s all too fitting that the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote Finals come down to Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson, two of the greatest running backs in NFL history. Sanders has cemented his place in NFL history with his 18,000 career yards, while Peterson came within nine yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record last year. Making the feat even more impressive, Peterson had his incredible year after coming back from surgery for a torn ACL in the offseason.

Fans are invited to cast their votes at ESPN.com/MaddenVote through their PC or mobile devices.  For the chance to “Maximize” votes, ESPN and Madden NFL 25 have collaborated with Pepsi MAX to promote Twitter live voting every Tuesday throughout the campaign, where tweets with each player’s respective Cover Vote hashtag will count as two votes.  Double votes ends at midnight ET each Tuesday.

The winner of the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote will be revealed live on ESPN SportsNation at 8 pm EST on Wednesday, April 24.

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