'Madden' cover semis: Newton vs. Willis; Rodgers vs. Johnson

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Fans of the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and San Francisco 49ers can be on high alert now for their team being struck by the dreaded "Madden" curse.

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That's because the "Madden NFL 13" cover vote's final four was set on Wednesday, with Cam Newton, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Willis advancing in the bracket.

Newton will face Willis, while Rodgers and Johnson will square off in the other matchup.

In the quarterfinals, Newton received 70 percent of 447,395 votes to defeat Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; Willis 55 percent of 451,998 votes to edge New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz; Rodgers 55 percent of 448,698 votes to get by Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice; and Johnson 63 percent of 453,466 votes to beat New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The winners will be announced April 18.



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