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Thursday, April 11, 2013
'Madden 25:' Sanders, Peterson move on

By Kevin Seifert

So in case you missed it Wednesday night, we learned there is now a 50 percent chance of an NFC North player adorning the "Madden" cover for a second consecutive year.

Detroit Lions Hall of Fame tailback Barry Sanders and Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson have both advanced to the semifinals of SportsNation's "Madden 25" cover vote. Sanders is pitted against Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, and Peterson against Houston Texans tailback Arian Foster, to reach the finals.

Sanders received more votes than Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana to advance. Via Twitter, Sanders said:

Wow! I didn't think I would beat Montana on the #Madden25 vote. Thanks to all the fans! I'm coming for you @jerryrice

— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) April 10, 2013

To which Rice replied:

Game on!!! lol RT @barrysanders: didn't think I would beat Montana on the #Madden25 vote. Thanks to (cont)

— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) April 11, 2013

In the video, Sanders laughed and said: "I don't like my chances" but added: "If you can beat Joe Montana, you never know what could happen."

Peterson, meanwhile, defeated Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to advance. The semifinals will end next Wednesday and the cover will be announced April 24.