Patrick Mahomes wore a heart rate monitor during the Chiefs win over the Bills and the data shows just how cool and calm the quarterback can be.
On Sunday night, hearts all over Kansas City and the world were beating a mile a minute while watching the instant classic that was the Chiefs vs. Bills playoff game.
What was going on inside the chest of a player right in the thick of the action?
We know what Patrick Mahomes’ heart was doing thanks to the WHOOP activity monitor tracking his vitals throughout the game.
Patrick Mahomes’ heart rate spiked watching defense, dropped in the huddle
The graph shows all the ups and downs from Mahomes throughout the game. His heart rate hit a high when he rushed for an eight-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
His numbers from the final two minutes of play and overtime are fascinating. He experienced spikes while watching his defense try to stop the high-powered Buffalo offense. But when it was time for him to come back on to the field, his heart rate slowed.
Essentially, that’s a visualization of what a great quarterback looks like in high-pressure situations. They don’t panic. They stay cool and calm so they can get the job done.
The parts of the game where Mahomes had no control were the ones that caused his stress levels rise. Watching the kicker come on to hit a game-tying field goal to force overtime is about as stressful as it comes.
Fans will get to see Mahomes in action again on Sunday when his Chiefs face off with the Bengals for the AFC Championship. Kansas City lost to the Bengals when they played earlier in January, so the quarterback will have his work cut out for him to flip the script. You just know he’ll be calm when he’s doing it.