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Madden NFL 13

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, WiiU, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Tiburon
Release Date: Aug. 28, 2012

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'Madden NFL 13' (ALL) Revealed, Cover Vote Contest Launched

by Rainier on March 21, 2012 @ 11:35 a.m. PDT

Madden NFL 13 provides an immersive and authentic experience that fans have come to expect from the franchise, including all 32 NFL teams and more than 1,700 NFL players.

The announcement follows a two week play-in round, during which time fans voted between two teammates in matchups for each NFL team on the SportsNation Facebook page.  Today, winners from each matchup moved on to the official cover vote bracket.  Fans can vote for their favorite cover athlete candidate from their computer or mobile phones at through April 25.

To kick off the Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote bracket debate, a SportsNation “Madden Cover Vote Special” will air tonight on ESPN 2 from 6-7 p.m. ET.  Every Wednesday throughout the campaign, fans can tune in to SportsNation at 5 p.m. ET for an in-depth discussion about the latest voting results and to see which players have advanced to the next round. The tournament will culminate with the reveal of the Madden NFL 13 cover athlete on SportsNation on April 25, the night before the 2012 NFL Draft.

The results of the Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote play-in round are:

Play-In Round Winners

Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald

Miami Dolphins

Reggie Bush

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan

Minnesota Vikings

Jared Allen

Baltimore Ravens

Ray Rice

New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski

Buffalo Bills

Stevie Johnson

New England Patriots

Brandon Lloyd*

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees

Chicago Bears

Matt Forte

New York Giants

Victor Cruz

Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green

New York Jets

Darrelle Revis

Cleveland Browns

Joe Haden

Oakland Raiders

Sebastian Janikowski

Dallas Cowboys

DeMarcus Ware

Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean McCoy

Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow

Pittsburgh Steelers

Troy Polamalu

Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson

San Diego Chargers

Antonio Gates

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers

San Francisco 49ers

Patrick Willis

Houston Texans

Arian Foster

Seattle Seahawks

Marshawn Lynch

Indianapolis Colts

Dwight Freeney

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

LeGarrette Blount

Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew

Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe

Washington Redskins

Brian Orakpo

*Entered the Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote play-in round representing the St. Louis Rams.

Among the 32 players are past Super Bowl winners including Victor Cruz and Aaron Rodgers; perennial Pro Bowl players Larry Fitzgerald and Drew Brees; and some of the most dominant players in the NFL such as Troy Polamalu and Jared Allen.  During the first ever play-in round, fan voting resulted in upsets like LeSean McCoy surpassing Michael Vick who was a finalist in last year’s award-winning Madden NFL 12 Cover Vote competition.

“Every football fan has an opinion on who should be on the Madden NFL cover, which was highly visible given the overwhelming response and debate that ensued during last year’s campaign. We’re proud to once again put the fate of the game’s cover in our fans’ hands and let them decide who is worthy of becoming the Madden NFL 13 cover athlete,” said director of marketing Anthony Stevenson. “Our collaboration with ESPN and SportsNation helped elevate the campaign to new heights last year and we’re thrilled to team up again on this award-winning program.”

“Sports fans are embracing the new structure of the Madden NFL 13 cover vote and the response has been tremendous for the play-in round, which gives each team’s fans an increased voice in the player selected for the vote,” said Jamie Horowitz, Vice President, Original Programming and Production, ESPN.  “SportsNation has the most engaged social audience across the ESPN network, and enabling them to share their votes across Facebook was an ideal way to tap into some of football’s most passionate fans.”

The Madden NFL 13 cover vote marks the third-consecutive year that EA SPORTS has asked fans to help shape the face of the Madden NFL franchise through a cover athlete voting campaign.  It also marks the second year of its collaboration with ESPN and SportsNation.  Last year, nearly 13 million votes were logged through online and via the mobile web, the most ever for an ESPN cross-platform activation, which witnessed 10th seeded Peyton Hillis (Browns, RB) winning the honor to grace the cover of Madden NFL 12.

To ensure their favorite player advances to the next round of this year’s competition, fans are encouraged to vote daily and tweet their picks using #MyMaddenCoverVote on Twitter. Beginning March 22 at 9:00 a.m. ET, fans can also visit the Madden NFL Facebook page to fill out their own Madden NFL 13 cover athlete bracket to compete against their friends for the chance to win Super Bowl tickets and copies of Madden NFL 13. Visit for Official Rules.

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