SANTA CLARA — They’re so close.
The 49ers just have to beat the Packers to make the Super Bowl. And the 49ers already beat the Packers less than two months ago. Beat them by 29 points. The 49ers are the better team. They know it. The Packers know it. You know it.
Still, the 49ers have to handle their business, play smart and make minimal mistakes or they’ll lose to an inferior outfit.
Here are the five keys to the game for the 49ers:
1. Jimmy Garoppolo needs to protect the football: