Time to start praying if you’re a Detroit Lions fan. In a fan vote, star wideout Calvin Johnson beat out Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton to land on the cover of Madden NFL 13.

While it may be good seeing Johnson, the first Lion since Barry Sanders to make an appearance on the cover of the world’s most popular sports game – he comes in with the knowledge that the famed “Madden Curse” is alive and well, having killed Drew Brees’ chance of a repeat Super Bowl in 2010 and last year with Peyton Hillis having an up & down year following a breakout season the year before.

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