SANTA CLARA -- Jim Harbaugh acknowledged Tuesday that he wants a Super Bowl do-over.
The 49ers coach said so in response to a question about the 49ers' heavily criticized play-calling on their final drive against the Baltimore Ravens.
Noting that the drive stalled 5 yards short of the end zone in a 34-31 loss in New Orleans, Harbaugh said that any such failure forces him to second guess.
"Yeah, (I) would've liked to have tried a different play call, a different scenario,'' Harbaugh said. "That's the way I always feel if you do something and it doesn't work."
Starting with a first-and-goal from the Ravens 7 with just over two minutes to play, the 49ers gave LaMichael James a handoff for a 2-yard gain.
Then quarterback Colin Kaepernick tried three consecutive passes -- all to receiver Michael Crabtree, all to the right side, all incomplete. Harbaugh didn't comment on what play might have worked better, saying only: "I would've liked to have done something different, at least tried it.
"But you can't. The 'would've, could've, should've' is undefeated. That's never failed."
Players spent Tuesday clearing out their lockers -- and answering questions about the big one that got away. Kaepernick, who threw for 302 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl, said his final pass to Crabtree came on an audible at the line of scrimmage.
That play came on fourth-and-5 with 1:50 left. Kaepernick saw the Ravens playing a Cover-0 defense, meaning all of the defenders at the line with no safeties back. That left Crabtree matched up one-on-one against cornerback Jimmy Smith to the quarterback's right.
"I audibled to a fade to Crab,'' Kaepernick said. "I'll take Crabtree one-on-one with anybody."
The pass fell incomplete under tight coverage from Smith. Many 49ers complained to the officials that Smith should have been flagged for defensive holding.
Kaepernick was asked Tuesday how he would remember this season.
"As not being good enough,'' he replied.