3 NFL Teams Who Benefit Most From Ravens Divisional Round Defeat

Patrick Mahomes - American Football Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs benefit from Ravens playoff exit | David Eulitt/Getty Images

The AFC's No. 1 seed is shockingly out of the playoff picture, and the shakeup will have an impact felt around the NFL. Teams in the AFC, specifically, will benefit from the Ravens loss because the Titans cannot have homefield advantage in the AFC Championship game. Beyond that, however, the NFL's most dangerous offense has been kicked out of the competition. One of these teams can and will take advantage.

3. Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson and Texans benefit from Titans win over Ravens | Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Texans would have homefield over the Titans should they beat the Chiefs on Sunday, and their familiarity with Tennessee could play dividends in what would be a close divisional matchup. There's a reason Houston rested their starters in Week 17, and it wasn't just injury concern. While Houston didn't want to give away strategy, no one could've anticipated this run.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo
49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo benefit from Titans win over Ravens | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Titans took San Francisco's best remaining competition for a Super Bowl win off the table (at least pertaining to record). Not to mention, the Ravens already had a win over the 49ers under their belt. Now, San Francisco is the clear favorite moving forward, with the likes of Green Bay and Kansas City just behind them.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Andy Reid - Coach
Chiefs benefit from Ravens loss to Titans the most | David Eulitt/Getty Images

With the Ravens loss, the Chiefs are guaranteed to host the AFC Championship Game should they take care of business against Houston. Not to mention, they're now the clear favorite in the conference heading into Sunday's action. No pressure!