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Two Patriots advance into Madden 13 cover vote bracket

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 21, 2012 12:03 PM

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Two Patriots players are in the field of 32 NFL players competing to be on the cover of the next edition of the popular Madden NFL football video game.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Brandon Lloyd are both slotted into the field, which gamemaker EA Sports announced Wednesday. Gronkowski defeated teammate Wes Welker in the play-in round of fan voting in which each team had two nominees who faced each other for a spot in the bracket.

Lloyd was nominated while he was with the Rams and won the St. Louis play-in. He was signed as a free agent last week by the Patriots.

However, only one will be able to advance, because Gronkowski and Lloyd are matched against each other in the first round of the bracket. Gronkowski is a No. 2 seed, Lloyd is No. 15.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the top seed in the bracket that includes Gronkowski and Lloyd. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the top seed on the other side of the bracket.

First-round voting runs March 21-28.

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