STEAMED RICE: Jerry Rice explained his behavior by saying, "I'm not really sociable this week," because he was virtually shut out the last time the 49ers played the Giants. "Five minutes," he said to some two dozen reporters surrounding him at San Francisco's training complex. "I hate this time of year. It's almost like being chased by fans for autographs."

He was asked if he would do something different against the Giants in Sunday's NFC championship game. When the teams met Dec. 3, Rice was held to one catch in the 49ers' win.

"You guys ask some stupid questions, you know," Rice retorted. "I don't worry about the past, only the future."

Then he went into the locker room, which this week is closed to reporters.

A few minutes later, when Coach George Seifert walked by, he was told that Rice had left. "I'll see what I can do," he replied, and Rice reappeared shortly afterward.

"I'm not really sociable this week," Rice said. "I watched the film of what they did the last time and I didn't like what I saw. They wanted to take me out of the game and they did."

Would the same thing happen this week?

"I don't think so," he said with a smile. And then he was gone again. MUNOZ SURGERY: Bengals OT Anthony Munoz, fresh off missing his first game because of injury in 11 pro seasons, will have arthroscopic shoulder surgery next week. An injured left rotator cuff caused Munoz to miss Sunday's playoff loss to the Raiders. . . . Bears rookie DE Fred Washington was drunk when the car he was driving crashed into a tree on Dec. 21, killing him and a passenger, an Illinois state's attorney said. . . . John Williams, a high school science teacher in Liverpool, N.Y., is the 1990 NFL teacher of the year. Williams, nominated by Falcons LB Tim Green, is the first recipient of the award.