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It would have been a supersized upset if New England Patriots runningback Danny Woodhead could have beaten out Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the “Madden ’12″ cover vote. Unfortunately, the mountain was too high to climb for Woodhead. Rodgers earned 56% of the voting, thus eliminating the Pats RB from the competition.
The pint-sized Patriot beat Bills receiver Steve Johnson in the first round, and Patriot Nation kept voting to help Woodhead beat out Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks in the second round. The stage was set, Woodhead versus Rodgers for a trip to the semi-finals, but it will be the Super Bowl MVP who advances.
Although Woodhead won’t dawn the “Madden” cover, it doesn’t seem that he’ll lose too much sleep over it. Last week when he appeared on ESPN he had this to say:
“Shoot, if I got on the cover of ‘Madden,’ that would be pretty neat. But it’s seriously not something I’ve thought about at all.”
The 5’8” runningback became a fan favorite in New England soon after he was signed by the Patriots on September 18, 2010. What he lacked in stature he made up for with heart and effort.
Woodhead was forced into the spotlight when veteran back Kevin Faulk tore his ACL, ending his season. Woodhead wasted no time making a name for himself, scoring on a 22-yard touchdown run in his Patriots debut.
The 26-year-old back out of Chadron State College would go on to have himself quite a season. He had six touchdowns, five rushing and one receiving. Surprising everyone with his durability and fundamentals, he had 97 carries for 547 yards over the course of the year and only fumbled the ball once.
With Woodhead out of the competition, only four players remain in the running for the cover. Rodgers will face Browns runningback Peyton Hillis and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will be up against Vikings runningback Adrian Peterson. The winners will be announced on April 18th at noon ET and move on to the finals.
Don’t hang your heads though, Patriots fans. When you go out to buy the newest installment of the “Madden” dynasty, Woodhead won’t be on the cover, but don’t think of it as a loss. If we have football this year, number 39 will still take the field for the Patriots and he’ll do it without the Madden Curse hanging over his head.
They can have the cover and all that comes with it. We’ll take Danny Woodhead and the Patriots and watch them cruise to what will hopefully be a fourth Super Bowl title.