Cover Vote Reaches Quarterfinals

The third round of the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote is now complete, and quarterfinal matchups have been set. The winners of the Old School and New School brackets will battle for the right to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 25.

Check out the latest EA SPORTS infographics and get up to speed before the quarterfinals begin. 

Quarterfinals voting is now open, and fans are encouraged to cast their votes at ESPN.com/MaddenVote.

Updated Brackets (Click for Full-Size)

For the full press release, please see below.

Superstars Set to do Battle in Quarterfinals of Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote

Joe Montana Faces Barry Sanders and Robert Griffin III Challenges Adrian Peterson in Quarterfinals, Voting Now Open at ESPN.com/MaddenVote

April 3, 2013 – Today ESPN SportsNation revealed third-round results and announced the quarterfinal matchups for the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote, as fans have now cast nearly 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 rivalry in the other matchup. In the New School bracket Arian Foster will square off against Russell Wilson, while Robert Griffin III and Adrian Peterson jockey for votes.

Jerry Rice stood as the top vote-getter in Round 3, trouncing Michael Strahan with 85% of the overall vote. Even though Strahan valiantly fought to get past Kurt Warner in the previous round, Rice’s momentum proved to be too much for the former Giants star. 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 spiking Rob Gronkowski. Other voting highlights include:

·         35 million total votes cast to date

·         5.9 million votes this round, 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 run 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 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 Madden Cover Vote campaign, where tweets with each player’s respective Cover Vote hashtag will count as two votes.  Double votes ends at midnight ET each Tuesday.

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