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27th Feb '18 6:31:30 AM PF
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* ''Madden NFL 25'':[[note]]The game's title represents the series' 25th anniversary.[[/note]]

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* ''Madden NFL 25'':[[note]]The game's title represents refers to the series' 25th anniversary.[[/note]]
27th Feb '18 6:28:20 AM PF
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* ''Madden NFL 25'':

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* ''Madden NFL 25'':25'':[[note]]The game's title represents the series' 25th anniversary.[[/note]]



** '''Von Miller''', Denver Broncos linebacker (iOS): Miller managed to avert the curse by leading the AFC in sacks with 13.5 through 15 games. However, the Broncos lost both of their 2015 starting [=QBs=]; Creator/PeytonManning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent. The Broncos fell to 9-7 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
** '''Antonio Brown''', Pittsburgh Steelers WR (iOS; playoffs): Brown averted the curse by being named to his fifth Pro Bowl and third All-Pro team, catching 12 touchdowns. However, the Steelers fell short of the Super Bowl, losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship, 36-17.

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** '''Von Miller''', Denver Broncos linebacker (iOS): (app): Miller managed to avert the curse by leading the AFC in sacks with 13.5 through 15 games. However, the Broncos lost both of their 2015 starting [=QBs=]; Creator/PeytonManning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent. The Broncos fell to 9-7 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
** '''Antonio Brown''', Pittsburgh Steelers WR (iOS; (app; playoffs): Brown averted the curse by being named to his fifth Pro Bowl and third All-Pro team, catching 12 touchdowns. However, the Steelers fell short of the Super Bowl, losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship, 36-17.



The curse may be spreading to other EA Sports titles, too. On November 13, 2015,[[note]]''[[ThirteenIsUnlucky a Friday the 13th, mind you]]''[[/note]] [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ridiculously-good-looking-ea-sports-ufc-2-revealed/1100-6432255/ EA Sports announced]] that Ronda Rousey would be the cover athlete for ''EA Sports UFC 2''. She was already on the cover of ''[[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/ronda-rousey-becomes-first-woman-to-land-mens-fitness-cover-but-some-men-arent-happy-a6681931.html Men's Fitness]]'' and billed as the greatest MMA fighter, male or female, ever. [[http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/25374987/look-twitter-reacts-in-shock-to-holly-holms-ko-of-ronda-rousey The day after this was announced,]] Holly Holm, a 20-1 underdog, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson kicks Rousey's fucking head in]] [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable and breaks Rousey's undefeated streak.]] This came not too long after a controversy regarding the cover athlete for ''[[VideoGame/NHLHockey NHL 16]]''. Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was supposed to be on the cover alongside his teammate, Jonathan Toews. Shortly after this was announced, Kane was accused of sexual assault, and EA Sports released the game with only Toews on the cover[[note]]Ironically enough, after being removed from the cover, Kane went on to have a stellar year with 106 points, becoming the first American to win the NHL's scoring title, while Toews had one of the worst seasons of his career[[/note]].

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The curse may be spreading to other EA Sports titles, too. On November 13, 2015,[[note]]''[[ThirteenIsUnlucky a Friday the 13th, mind you]]''[[/note]] [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ridiculously-good-looking-ea-sports-ufc-2-revealed/1100-6432255/ EA Sports announced]] that Ronda Rousey would be the cover athlete for ''EA Sports UFC 2''. She was already on the cover of ''[[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/ronda-rousey-becomes-first-woman-to-land-mens-fitness-cover-but-some-men-arent-happy-a6681931.html Men's Fitness]]'' and billed as the greatest MMA fighter, male or female, ever. [[http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/25374987/look-twitter-reacts-in-shock-to-holly-holms-ko-of-ronda-rousey The day after this was announced,]] Holly Holm, a 20-1 underdog, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson kicks Rousey's fucking head in]] [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable and breaks Rousey's undefeated streak.]] This came not too long after a controversy regarding the cover athlete for ''[[VideoGame/NHLHockey NHL 16]]''. Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was supposed to be on the cover alongside his teammate, Jonathan Toews. Shortly after this was announced, Kane was accused of sexual assault, and EA Sports released the game with only Toews on the cover[[note]]Ironically cover.[[note]]Ironically enough, after being removed from the cover, Kane went on to have a stellar year with 106 points, becoming the first American to win the NHL's scoring title, while Toews had one of the worst seasons of his career[[/note]].
career.[[/note]]
26th Feb '18 5:37:57 PM IcyCrow
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The curse may be spreading to other EA Sports titles, too. On November 13, 2015,[[note]]''[[ThirteenIsUnlucky a Friday the 13th, mind you]]''[[/note]] [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ridiculously-good-looking-ea-sports-ufc-2-revealed/1100-6432255/ EA Sports announced]] that Ronda Rousey would be the cover athlete for ''EA Sports UFC 2''. She was already on the cover of ''[[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/ronda-rousey-becomes-first-woman-to-land-mens-fitness-cover-but-some-men-arent-happy-a6681931.html Men's Fitness]]'' and billed as the greatest MMA fighter, male or female, ever. [[http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/25374987/look-twitter-reacts-in-shock-to-holly-holms-ko-of-ronda-rousey The day after this was announced,]] Holly Holm, a 20-1 underdog, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson kicks Rousey's fucking head in]] [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable and breaks Rousey's undefeated streak.]] This came not too long after a controversy regarding the cover athlete for ''[[VideoGame/NHLHockey NHL 16]]''. Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was supposed to be on the cover alongside his teammate, Jonathan Toews. Shortly after this was announced, Kane was accused of sexual assault, and EA Sports released the game with only Toews on the cover.

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The curse may be spreading to other EA Sports titles, too. On November 13, 2015,[[note]]''[[ThirteenIsUnlucky a Friday the 13th, mind you]]''[[/note]] [[http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ridiculously-good-looking-ea-sports-ufc-2-revealed/1100-6432255/ EA Sports announced]] that Ronda Rousey would be the cover athlete for ''EA Sports UFC 2''. She was already on the cover of ''[[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/ronda-rousey-becomes-first-woman-to-land-mens-fitness-cover-but-some-men-arent-happy-a6681931.html Men's Fitness]]'' and billed as the greatest MMA fighter, male or female, ever. [[http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/25374987/look-twitter-reacts-in-shock-to-holly-holms-ko-of-ronda-rousey The day after this was announced,]] Holly Holm, a 20-1 underdog, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson kicks Rousey's fucking head in]] [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable and breaks Rousey's undefeated streak.]] This came not too long after a controversy regarding the cover athlete for ''[[VideoGame/NHLHockey NHL 16]]''. Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was supposed to be on the cover alongside his teammate, Jonathan Toews. Shortly after this was announced, Kane was accused of sexual assault, and EA Sports released the game with only Toews on the cover.
cover[[note]]Ironically enough, after being removed from the cover, Kane went on to have a stellar year with 106 points, becoming the first American to win the NHL's scoring title, while Toews had one of the worst seasons of his career[[/note]].
17th Feb '18 9:26:25 PM lilithmercy
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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. Brady and the Patriots won the AFC Championship once again and made it to Super Bowl LII, and Brady was named league MVP on February 3, and had a monster game in the Super Bowl, throwing for over 500 yards and three touchdowns, but in a crucial moment, Brady had the ball knocked from his hand in the final minutes of the game, which Philadelphia recovered, putting the game out of reach as the Eagles would hang on for a 41-33 victory, denying Brady a record sixth ring. This being said, no one is sure whether Brady's MVP season and postseason heroics are a sign that he averted the Curse, or that his misfortune in that critical moment meant it was played straight.

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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), and as a trade for last year Gronk got a week suspension for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgjAN_wgmiI this cheap shot]] but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. Brady and the Patriots won the AFC Championship once again and made it to Super Bowl LII, and Brady was named league MVP on February 3, and had a monster game in the Super Bowl, throwing for over 500 yards and three touchdowns, but in a crucial moment, Brady had the ball knocked from his hand in the final minutes of the game, which Philadelphia recovered, putting the game out of reach as the Eagles would hang on for a 41-33 victory, denying Brady a record sixth ring. This being said, no one is sure whether Brady's MVP season and postseason heroics are a sign that he averted the Curse, or that his misfortune in that critical moment meant it was played straight.
11th Feb '18 1:34:23 PM AreYouTyler
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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. Brady and the Patriots won the AFC Championship once again and made it to Super Bowl LII, and Brady was named league MVP on February 3, and had a monster game in the Super Bowl, throwing for over 500 yards and three touchdowns, but in a crucial moment, Brady had the ball knocked from his hand in the final minutes of the game, which Philadelphia recovered, putting the game out of reach as the Eagles would hang on for a 41-33 victory, denying Brady a record sixth ring. This being said, no one is sure whether Brady's MVP season and postseason heroics are a sign that he averted the Curse, or that his misfortune in that critical moment meant it was played straight.

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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): cover): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. Brady and the Patriots won the AFC Championship once again and made it to Super Bowl LII, and Brady was named league MVP on February 3, and had a monster game in the Super Bowl, throwing for over 500 yards and three touchdowns, but in a crucial moment, Brady had the ball knocked from his hand in the final minutes of the game, which Philadelphia recovered, putting the game out of reach as the Eagles would hang on for a 41-33 victory, denying Brady a record sixth ring. This being said, no one is sure whether Brady's MVP season and postseason heroics are a sign that he averted the Curse, or that his misfortune in that critical moment meant it was played straight.
5th Feb '18 6:21:18 AM Rytex
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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. Brady and the Patriots won the AFC Championship once again and made it to Super Bowl LII, and Brady was named league MVP on February 3, officially lifting the curse...and then Brady fumbled at a crucial moment in the final minutes of the game, putting the game out of reach as the Philadelphia Eagles would hang on for a 41-33 victory, denying Brady a record sixth ring. So maybe the curse was just lying in wait, and will never go away.

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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. Brady and the Patriots won the AFC Championship once again and made it to Super Bowl LII, and Brady was named league MVP on February 3, officially lifting and had a monster game in the curse...Super Bowl, throwing for over 500 yards and then Brady fumbled at three touchdowns, but in a crucial moment moment, Brady had the ball knocked from his hand in the final minutes of the game, which Philadelphia recovered, putting the game out of reach as the Philadelphia Eagles would hang on for a 41-33 victory, denying Brady a record sixth ring. So maybe ring. This being said, no one is sure whether Brady's MVP season and postseason heroics are a sign that he averted the curse Curse, or that his misfortune in that critical moment meant it was just lying in wait, and will never go away.played straight.
4th Feb '18 9:13:56 PM whunt
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* '''Calvin Johnson''', Detroit Lions wide receiver (2013 cover): Determined via tournament again. Even though Johnson himself set a new NFL record for receiving yards, the Lions regressed horribly after breaking their long playoff drought the previous season. The Lions finished the season with a 4-12 record. Some fans have speculated that the curse instead hit Ray Lewis, who was heavily prominent in the advertising and appeared in the intro movie. Lewis suffered what was initially thought to be a career-ending injury. However, he recovered in time for the playoffs and his Baltimore Ravens eventually won the Super Bowl in the same year.

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* '''Calvin Johnson''', Detroit Lions wide receiver (2013 cover): Determined via tournament again. Even though Johnson himself set a new NFL record for receiving yards, the Lions regressed horribly after breaking their long playoff drought the previous season. The Lions finished the season with a 4-12 record. Some fans have speculated that the curse instead hit Ray Lewis, who was heavily prominent in the advertising and appeared in the intro movie. Lewis suffered what was initially thought to be a career-ending injury. However, he recovered in time for the playoffs and his Baltimore Ravens eventually won the Super Bowl in the same year. Johnson himself confessed to playing the [[DefiedTrope whole season with broken fingers]].
4th Feb '18 8:17:40 PM CornwindEvilman
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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. As of January 21, 2018, Brady and the Patriots have won the AFC Championship once again and have made it to Super Bowl LII. Brady was named league MVP on February 3, officially lifting the curse.

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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. As of January 21, 2018, Brady and the Patriots have won the AFC Championship once again and have made it to Super Bowl LII. LII, and Brady was named league MVP on February 3, officially lifting the curse.curse...and then Brady fumbled at a crucial moment in the final minutes of the game, putting the game out of reach as the Philadelphia Eagles would hang on for a 41-33 victory, denying Brady a record sixth ring. So maybe the curse was just lying in wait, and will never go away.
3rd Feb '18 6:21:21 PM AreYouTyler
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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. As of January 21, 2018, Brady and the Patriots have won the AFC Championship once again and have made it to Super Bowl LII. Will the curse truly be lifted then? Stay tuned.

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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. As of January 21, 2018, Brady and the Patriots have won the AFC Championship once again and have made it to Super Bowl LII. Will Brady was named league MVP on February 3, officially lifting the curse truly be lifted then? Stay tuned.curse.
21st Jan '18 4:02:56 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year.

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* '''Creator/TomBrady''', New England Patriots quarterback (2018 cover, consoles): After winning Super Bowl LI, Brady got the honor of gracing the cover, which [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/12/15627136/madden-nfl-18-cover-athlete-tom-brady-release-date-ps4-xbox-one he says is a great honor for him.]] Brady is very much aware of the Curse, [[https://www.facebook.com/TomBrady/videos/1560009470706864/ which he doesn't believe in anyway.]] During the regular season, he suffered no notable misfortune, but his receivers did, constantly shifting in and out as they took injuries (most notably Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL, which put him out for the year before the season started), but this didn't stop him and the Patriots from winning the AFC East yet again and locking up the #1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs. As with last season, no tournament was held for the second consecutive year. As of January 21, 2018, Brady and the Patriots have won the AFC Championship once again and have made it to Super Bowl LII. Will the curse truly be lifted then? Stay tuned.
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