NEW YORK (AP) -- NFL lawyers have told a federal appeals court in New York that a judge made "unfathomable" findings to justify lifting New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" controversy.

The lawyers filed the papers late Monday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. The lawyers asked the appeals court to conclude that a lower-court judge was mistaken when he reversed a penalty that was supposed to keep Brady out of the first four games of this season. The ruling came down a week before the season began. The Patriots are undefeated through six games.

The appeals court isn't scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case before February, meaning that this season will not be affected by any outcome.

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