The record-setting tight end was defeated by Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson in the quarterfinals of ESPN’s Madden ’13 Cover vote, which concluded on Wednesday.
Johnson captured 63 percent of the voting to advance to the semifinals, where he will face Packers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
The San Francisco 49ers’ Patrick Willis — who defeated Giants receiver Victor Cruz in the closest race, 55 percent to 45 percent — will face Offensive Rookie of the Year Cam Newton in the other semifinal matchup. Newton achieved the most lopsided victory, beating Larry Fitzgerald 70 percent to 30 percent.
Voting for the final four will conclude next Wednesday, April 18.