'Madden 13' cover vote is underway!

It's my duty as your NFC North blogger to administer this urgent alert: The play-in round of the "Madden 13" cover contest is over, and now it's time to get this bracket started.

We'll move through one round a week, culminating with the final matchup during the week of April 21. If you're a fan of an NFC North team, I highly encourage you to vote for your representative's opponent …. er, your representative. There's nothing to the Madden cover jinx. Nothing. Really, I mean it.

Here are the first-round matchups for our players. Seeds are in parentheses:

Follow this link to the bracket, where you can vote quickly and anonymously. Nothing less than the future of the free world is at stake.