You knew Tim McKyer was going to take Sunday's Super Bowl victory with humility, didn't you? No taunts, no criticisms. Just platitudes, right?

After ripping the Bengals during Super Bowl week and saying how the Cincinnati defensive backs would contract Rice-itis and ensure a San Francisco victory, it was time for McKyer's I-told-you-so's."I don't feel like a prophet. But I told everybody it would go right there," the San Francisco cornerback said, pointing to his right ring finger and referring to the championship ring that will go there.

Touching. He all but fell all over himself trying to praise the Bengals. For instance:

- On whether Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason just had an off-day or if the 49ers were responsible: "We were making him have an off-day. He's supposed to be Boomer Esiason, the great quarterback, highest rating and everything. This is the Super Bowl. Time to play. Show up or go home."

- On whether the Bengals' defensive backs had indeed suffered from Rice-itis: "Of course. Did you see Jerry? Jerry had them in his hip pocket. They were ranting and raving how they were going to control Jerry. Jerry showed why he's the great wide receiver in football. And if there's a doubt, I'd have to think the person was crazy halfway."

- On figuring Esiason would attack him on the first play (Eddie Brown caught a 17-yard pass against McKyer): "I knew it. `Let's go at the big-mouthed guy. Hopefully we could shut him up. Hopefully, we could beat him.' Hey, they completed a pass, but those kind of passes don't win the game for you. And that's the bottom line."

The bottom line is that McKyer was right.