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POSTED BY akatkin ON Apr 18, 2011

The Madden NFL 12 Cover Athlete Vote Is Down to the Final Round

It started with 32 players representing all 32 NFL teams. After four weeks of fan voting in a bracket-style, single elimination tournament, we’re down to the final two.

Today, EA SPORTS and ESPN announced the finalists of the Madden NFL 12 Cover Vote campaign where you the fan select who will appear on the cover of Madden NFL 12.

In a stunning upset in the semifinal round, Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis knocked out perennial favorite, quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers to advance to the finals where he will take on quarterback Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Vick, who has a chance to appear on the cover of Madden NFL for the second time in his career (Madden NFL 2004, Atlanta Falcons), reached the final round after defeating Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings in the other semifinal matchup.

Hosted exclusively by ESPN.com and ESPN SportsNation, you can cast your vote for Vick or the upstart Hillis daily until the conclusion of the campaign on April 25.

The winner will be announced on SportsNation on ESPN2 at 4pm EST on April 27.