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May 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Sherman, Newton in battle for Madden NFL 15 cover

It appears Seahawks fans aren’t worried about the so-called Madden Curse — or maybe it’s 49er fans leading Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman into contention for a spot on the Madden NFL 15 cover?

Whatever the case, Sherman has indeed reached the final round of the balloting to be on the cover of this year’s game.

Here’s a press release today with details:

Two juggernauts are set to battle in the final round of the Madden NFL 15 Cover Vote as Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman matches up with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. We’ve reached the home-stretch, and this is the last chance for fans to visit ESPN.com/maddenvote and make their choice for this year’s cover athlete. They can also show their support on social media by using the hashtag #MaddenCover.

Sherman and Newton enter the finals as the top seeds from their respective sides of the bracket, conquering some stiff competition along the way. Sherman triumphed over NFC West rival Colin Kaepernick in the semi-finals, while Cam Newton overcame a strong challenge by Andrew Luck. Both Newton and Sherman will appear in a special segment during the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on Friday, June 6 at LA LIVE Plaza where the overall winner will be announced. The final pairing carries special significance as the Seahawks and Panthers will meet in Carolina on October 26, and while one player will stand triumphant, the other will be looking for retribution.

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