Woodhead alive, Sanchez out in 'Madden 12'

New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead advanced to the quarterfinals in the "Madden NFL 12" cover tournament, and if he can make it to final four, then you have to like his chances to win it all.

Woodhead received 57 percent of the fan vote in his tournament matchup against New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks and advanced to face Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the elite eight.

Rodgers is a difficult foe in a popularity contest, but Woodhead is a fan favorite, too. Woodhead's drawing from the Boston and New York markets because he endeared himself to Jets fans before the club cut him last year.

A victory over Rodgers would allow smoother sailing ahead. Woodhead would face either Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles or Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis -- each of them advanced with just 51 percent -- in the final four.

Woodhead is the last AFC East representative still alive in the bracket.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was annihilated by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who received 61 percent of the votes.