SAN FRANCISCO -- Darrell Green found a flaw in Jerry Rice yesterday.
"It would be that after the game he always runs in [the locker room]," he said. "We never shake hands and say 'great game' and this or that. It's all a game to me. I enjoy. God gave me a talent to play it and when the game is over, you're my friend. You're a human being. That would only be the only knock I'd have on him since I've been playing against him in my career," he said.
Green and Rice had another good duel yesterday. Green held Rice to six catches for 68 yards, but the important thing is that Rice's San Francisco 49ers turned in a 28-10 divisional playoff victory.
Rice caught one touchdown pass, but it was on zone coverage when Joe Montana made a good play and Green just missed the ball.
"He wasn't my man. I lost the ball. Joe Montana made the play. The safety [Todd Bowles] was in great position. Joe Montana bought time, bought time and eventually Rice went all the way past the safety. I went right past the safety, too, and I lost the ball for a second and just swiped at it. I didn't belong in there, but I was chasing it anyway and Montana stepped up and did an excellent job," he said.
Green also was called for roughing Rice in the first quarter when he slammed him to the ground even though Rice outweighs him by 20 pounds.
"I still don't believe it. I didn't know the penalty was on me until I went on the sidelines and some guy was saying, 'Man, that was a bad call.' I'm going, 'What call?' When I got up, I thought, 'Who did this or that?' They told me it was on me.
"I couldn't believe it. I think that really cost on. That was on the first touchdown [drive]. I'm not one for pointing fingers, but I think the refs really blew it on that. I have nothing personal against the refs. They're only human," Green said.
Assessing the job that Green and Martin Mayhew did on Rice and John Taylor, Richie Petitbon, the assistant head coach for defense, said, "I thought our corners played well today."
"I did a lot better job covering than last time. I wasn't very good. I was better than last time," Mayhew said.
L Taylor caught eight passes for 160 yards in the first game.
* Quarterback Mark Rypien ended the season with a lot of unanswered questions about his future.
Although coach Joe Gibbs said after the game that Rypien will go into training camp as the starting quarterback, his performance yesterday didn't help his cause.
It's no secret that owner Jack Kent Cooke isn't a Rypien booster and yesterday's performance, when he threw three passes that were intercepted including two in the end zone, raised doubts about him.
"I would have liked to get this one. This one would have been a big step, but we must go on," Rypien said.
Of his throws, Rypien said, "I would have liked to have five or six of them back."
Rypien led the team on a 74-yard drive on its first possession and capped it with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Art Monk.
He finished by completing 27 of 48 passes for 361 yards and a touchdown, but there were those three interceptions.
* Earnest Byner didn't carry the ball in the second half after suffering a shoulder injury late in the first half.
"It hurt us a lot," Gibbs said of Byner's injury.
* Linebacker Monte Coleman ended Montana's string of 180 playoff passes without an interception (49ers officials didn't know whether that is a league record) when he picked one off in the final period, but he said the Redskins didn't make enough plays.
Coleman said: "If we could've made the plays, maybe it would have come out differently today. A lot of times we had great coverage and he still got it in. We coverage guys just didn't hold up our end of the deal. They have a great quarterback and a great team."
* Gibbs on Montana: "On a number of those plays, if the ball had been thrown three inches either way, we could have made the plays on defense. Montana gives them probably the best player ever at that position."
* Wide receiver Ricky Sanders called it a game of lost opportunities for the Redskins.
"We got it down inside the red zone [inside the 20], but didn't take advantage of the opportunities. It comes down to making the plays and we didn't make enough of them," he said.
* Monk, who was called an "old warhorse," by Gibbs, caught 10 passes for 163 yards.
"He's one of the guys who's led us all season," Gibbs said.
As usual, Monk declined comment. He doesn't usually give interviews.
* In 1988, 1989 and 1990, San Francisco has outscored its playoff opponents, 134-28, in the first halves of the games.
* 49ers punter Barry Helton, who had only a 36.8-yard season average and had performed poorly in the previous several games, was a bright spot yesterday, kicking five times for a 41.8-yard average.
* The crowd of 65,292 was the second-largest in 49ers history.
* San Francisco has won its past seven playoff games. George Seifert is 29-4 in his two seasons and is 4-0 in post-season play.
* The 49ers (four) and Redskins (three) combined have won seven of the past nine National Football Conference championships.