SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after he sacked Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote: Patrick Willis Eliminated From Final Four

Patrick Willis made an impressive run to the semifinals of the Madden NFL 13 cover vote, but was bested by Cam Newton in the end. Newton is set to take on Calvin Johnson for the honors of being on the cover. For more on the San Francisco 49ers, check out Niners Nation.

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Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote: Patrick Willis Eliminated In Semifinals; Down To Cam Newton, Calvin Johnson

As a firm believer in the Madden Curse (a firm believer in all things superstition only when it comes to sports, mind you), there was an awful lot of nervousness at the thought of Patrick Willis getting on the cover. Willis advanced to the semifinals by besting New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, leading many to believe that he had a solid chance to make the finals and win the whole thing.

In the end, I did end up voting for Willis - and I linked the vote form multiple times. I rallied (albeit to a smaller extent) and am now a little disappointed by the fact that he didn't make it. Yes, Willis was edged out by Cam Newton, with the Carolina Panthers quarterback getting 53 percent of the vote - not a huge margin by anybody's standards.

There's disappointment here, in that Willis is as deserving as any in regards to being on the cover. He's the best linebacker in the league (outside or inside) and is well on his way to a Hall of Fame career and the moniker of best linebacker in league history. Nothing is guaranteed of course, and it's going to be a hard road for Willis, whose career is still young.

It's extremely difficult for a defensive player to even make the cover, and that's one reason the edge goes to Newton, here. He's set to take on Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions, who just bested Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers with 67 percent of the vote. It will be interesting to see if "Megatron" can derail the Newton hype (though the curse might do that just fine if Newton wins).

At any rate - props to Willis for making it further than he did last year, and of course, props to him for being the best linebacker in the league. You don't need a Madden cover to validate that. If you want to vote on the final, you can find the link here.


Madden NFL 13 Cover Vote Odds: Patrick Willis Longest Shot To Win At 12/1

It's been whittled down to only four competitors left for the Madden 2013 Cover Vote, and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis has made it all the way to the final grouping. He certainly will have some stiff competition this year, taking on the Lions Calvin Johnson, the Panthers Cam Newton, and the Packers Aaron Rodgers.

The good folks over at Bovada took some time out of their busy schedules to create some odds for the remainder of the cover vote. And even though it's going to be a close race, the experts at Bovada feel that Willis will have the longest shot at winning the competition, putting his chances at 12/1 to take the cover.

Cam Newton is seen as the favorite at 2/5 odds, while Calvin Johnson is at 5/2. Aaron Rodgers is seen as a 6/1 favotire to win the cover.

Don't forget to vote for Patrick or whomever your favorite player remaining might be here.

For more on the 49ers, head over to Niners Nation.

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