Sleep easy, curse-believing Packers fans. Your MVP quarterback will not be on the cover of Madden NFL 2013.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was defeated in the cover vote’s semi-finals by Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, ending the chance Rodgers had at securing a cover that has been “unlucky”—for lack of a better word—to the players who have graced it over the better part of a decade.
The end margin wasn’t even close—Johnson took home over 67% percent of the vote, which comprised a little over 450,000 total votes.
Johnson will now move on to face Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who beat out San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis in the other semi-final.
For the second straight year of voting, Rodgers was upset was by a lower “seed” in the bracket. Rodgers was a No. 1 seed again, while Johnson was the No. 6 on Rodgers’ side. Last season, Rodgers was upset by Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who ended up winning the 2012 cover.
The finals between Newton and Johnson will take place over the next week—April 18-25—with the winner being broadcast on ESPN’s Sportsnation on the 25th.