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Revisiting Deflategate timeline with NFL, Tom Brady legal teams in court

Legal teams for the NFL and Tom Brady are back in court Thursday afternoon (here's what to expect), and ESPN's Stats & Information team has put together a quick-hit timeline that serves as a refresher for how things have unfolded.

Jan. 18, 2015: The New England Patriots defeat the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game 45-7.

Jan. 20, 2015 : Eleven of the 12 footballs used in the first half of the game were deemed to be underinflated by the NFL.

Jan. 23, 2015: Bill Belichick and Brady deny involvement in altering footballs.

Jan. 23, 2015: The league issues a statement that an investigation is ongoing, with executive vice president Jeff Pash and Ted Wells leading the probe.

Jan. 26, 2015: Wells says in a statement he expects the investigation to take at least several more weeks.

Feb. 1, 2015: Patriots defeat Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX.

May 6: Investigation is completed and Wells report released.

May 11: Brady is suspended four games, Patriots are fined $1 million and have to forfeit two draft picks (2016 first-round pick, 2017 fourth-round pick).

June 23: Brady appeal is heard with 10 hours of testimony in front of commissioner Roger Goodell.

July 27: Brady reports to Patriots training camp.

July 28: Brady’s suspension is upheld by Goodell.

July 29: Brady expresses disappointment with the NFL in Facebook post; Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he regrets cooperating with NFL in investigation; NFLPA files appeal in Minnesota.

July 30: Minnesota judge orders lawsuit to be transferred to New York City, where NFL had beaten NFLPA to the punch in filing for confirmation of its decision.

Aug. 12: Brady and Goodell appear in federal court before Judge Richard M. Berman at a settlement hearing in New York.

Aug. 19: Another settlement hearing yields no result; Brady and Goodell are not in attendance.

Aug. 31: Berman announces no settlement.

Sept. 3: Berman nullifies the four-game suspension. The NFL appeals the ruling, but does not ask for a stay, meaning Brady can play in the regular-season opener the following week.

Sept. 28: A federal appeals court in New York grants the NFL’s request for an expedited hearing on its appeal of the reversal of Brady’s suspension.

Nov. 23: A federal appeals court in New York announces that the NFL’s hearing on its appeal will be held on March 3, 2016.

Feb. 25: The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York announces the judges who will hear the NFL's appeal of Berman's decision: Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, Judge Barrington D. Parker and Judge Denny Chin.