Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one round closer to securing his place on the cover of Madden 2013.
Rodgers defeated Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice by a 55-45 margin in the third round of voting, pushing the reigning NFL MVP into the semi-finals of what has become a yearly football tradition.
Rodgers moves on to face Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who defeated New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski by a large margin, in the first round of the final four. Voting for the semi-finals will last from April 11 to next Wednesday, April 18.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis make up the other half of the bracket. The finals will take place the week after the semi-finals finish, from April 18-25.
Rodgers has also defeated Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden and Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch during the voting tournament.
A year ago, Rodgers was upset by Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who eventually went on to win the cover.
You can vote for the Madden ’13 cover over at ESPN’s Sportsnation.