Peyton Hillis advances in 'Madden' tourney

The Elite Eight has been announced in the "Madden NFL 12" cover tournament, and there is one AFC North standout still remaining.

Cleveland Browns tailback Peyton Hillis -- the dark horse of the tournament -- moved one step closer to sporting the cover of this year's popular video game with a huge upset over Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Hillis, a No. 10 seed, edged the second-seeded Ryan by the slimmest margin possible, getting 51 percent of the vote. Hillis advanced this week to face Kansas City Chiefs tailback Jamaal Charles, who beat out Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The AFC North also suffered an upset as No. 2 seed Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to No. 7 seed Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers. Willis received 60 percent of the vote and will face Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the next round.

The voting for the Elite Eight begins today. The overall favorite in the tournament is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is the lone No. 1 seed remaining.