The Patriots' Super Bowl LI roster bears an uncanny resemblance to an earlier championship team

The New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl. At this point, no one should really be shocked by that anymore.

Super Bowl LI will mark the ninth time the Patriots play in the big game, which is a new NFL record. Seven out of those nine appearances have come under the tutelage of head coach Bill Belichick and were started by his golden quarterback, Tom Brady.

The team suiting up in white this Sunday bears some understandable similarities to the Patriots' last championship roster, since their most recent Super Bowl victory came just two years ago at Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. However, these Patriots also bear an uncanny resemblance to a much earlier squad -- the Patriots of Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.

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Houston's last Super Bowl -- Patriots defeat Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII
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Houston's last Super Bowl -- Patriots defeat Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII
A Super Bowl banner hangs over on the endzone entrances at Reliant Stadium as final preperations were made for Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas, January 31, 2004. The AFC Champion New England Patriots will face the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers on Sunday February 1, in Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium. REUTERS/Mike Segar MS/JDP
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts to a question during media day at Reliant Stadium for Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas January 27, 2004. The game is scheduled for February 1. REUTERS/Shaun Best JLS/GAC
Fire and police vehicles make there way around Houston's Reliant Stadium January 31, 2004, in preparation for Super Bowl XXXVIII. Seventy-thousand people will watch the game in the stadium, and a worldwide television audience of one billion people are expected to tune in as the New England Patriots face the Carolina Panthers February 1 in Super Bowl XXXVIII. REUTERS/Mike Blake MB/SV
The field at Reliant Stadium is seen from overhead just before the start of Super Bowl XXXVIII, featuring the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers, in Houston. February 1, 2004. REUTERS/Richard Carson PP04020005 MR
Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme (R) is pressured by New England Patriots defensive end Jarvis Green (97) during first half action of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, February 1, 2004. REUTERS/Win Mcnamee PJ
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (R) passes under pressure from Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Brentson Buckner in second quarter action during Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, February 1, 2004. REUTERS/Marc Serota PJ
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (L) celebrates a touchdown scored by wide receiver Deion Branch (R) during second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers in Houston February 1, 2004. REUTERS/Mike Segar MR
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (R) scores his team's first touchdown, on a pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme, in Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers, February 1, 2004. New England Patriots cornerback Tyrone Poole dives to tackle at left but to no avail. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine REUTERS GAC
New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch (R) catches a pass for New England's first touchdown while Carolina Panthers' cornerback Ricky Manning (24) watches during the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston February 1, 2004. REUTERS/Richard Carson MR/SV
New England Patriots place kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) has his field goal blocked in the first half by Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Shane Burton (98) in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, February 1, 2004. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine GAC
New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch (R) celebrates scoring New England's first touchdown in front of Carolina Panthers' safety Mike Minter (30) during second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston February 1, 2004. REUTERS/Richard Carson MR
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, February 1, 2004. REUTERS/Marc Serota MR/SV
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Receiver Ricky Proehl #81 of the Carolina Panthers catches a 12 yard touchdown pass in front of cornerback Asante Samuel #22 of the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: The New England Patriots defense stop running back Stephen Davis #48 of the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Running back DeShaun Foster #20 of the Carolina Panthers scores on a 33 yard touchdown run against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) kicks the ball to score the winning field goal in the last seconds of the game against Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston February 1, 2004. New England defeated Carolina 32-29. REUTERS/Richard Carson MR
New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) kicks the ball held by teammate Ken Walter to score the winning field goal in the last seconds of the game against Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston February 1, 2004. New England defeated Carolina 32-29. REUTERS/Mike Segar PP04020005 MR
New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri (R) is congratulated by teammates Christian Fauria (TOP) and Ken Walter after Vinatieri kicked the game-winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, February 1, 2004. The Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in the final seconds of the game. REUTERS/Mike Blake JIR/SV
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs on the field while teammates Bobby Hamilton (91), Tedy Bruschi (54) and David Givens (87) leave the bench in celebration after winning Super Bowl XXXVIII against Carolina Panthers in Houston February 1, 2004. New England defeated Carolina 32-29 after Adam Vinatieri kicked a 41 yard field goal in the final seconds of the game. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine PP04020005 MR
New England Patriots (from left to right), quarterback and MVP Tom Brady, wide receiver David Givens, and fullback Larry Centers celebrate their 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, February 1, 2004. Brady was also an MVP in Super Bowl XXXVI. This is the second Super Bowl win for New England in three years. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith PP04020005 GAC
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who injured his arm in the victory, is in tears as the confetti swarms around him after the Patriots victory. New England Patriots face the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX on Feb. 1, 2004. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2004 - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, February 1, 2004. Brady was named the MVP as the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29. REUTERS/Win McNamee GMH/HB
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The championship game for the 2003 season was held on February 1, 2004 in -- you guessed it -- Houston, Texas. The Patriots showed up two years removed from a Super Bowl win, just as they're doing this season.

In Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Patriots were up against a team from the NFC South that posted an 11-5 record during the regular season. New England's regular season record was 14-2.

In Super Bowl LI, the Patriots will be up against a team from the NFC South that posted an 11-5 record during the regular season. New England's regular season record was 14-2.

Weirded out yet? There's more. Take a look at these stats via ESPN:

We know history tends to repeat itself, but that's just uncanny.

Tom Brady is the only player left from the dynastic Patriots of the early 2000s, but a win this weekend would put his current crew in the history books right alongside the memorable 2003 team.

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