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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Hillis leading Rodgers in 'Madden' tourney

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Can Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis pull off another stunning upset?

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The Final Four of the "Madden NFL 12" cover tournament is heating up, and the AFC North blog checked in with the folks at SportsNation to get the latest update. Although the numbers could not be revealed, we're told that Hillis, a No. 10 seed, continues to lead Green Bay Packers quarterback and No. 1 seed Aaron Rodgers as of Thursday afternoon.

Hillis has run off a string of upsets to make it to the Final Four. Hillis beat No. 7 seed Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens in the first round, Atlanta Falcons quarterback and No. 2 seed Matt Ryan in the second round, and No. 6 seed Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs last week. But knocking off Rodgers, the perennial favorite coming off a Super Bowl win, would be the biggest upset of the tournament.

If Browns fans want one of their own on the "Madden NFL 12" cover this year, they can click here to vote for Hillis. Even Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals fans can vote for Hillis if they want him to be the latest victim of the dreaded "Madden curse."

In the other bracket, No. 3 seed Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles is facing No. 9 seed Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

We will have results from the Final Four on Monday.